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Gross debt in the United States

The government gross debt refers to the total of all sums of money that have to be paid to other countries, communities or institutions. On the other hand not included in the gross debt are the demands of a country to foreign ones.

The gross debt in the United States in the period from 1998 to 2020 was between 4,242.8 billion and 24.9 trillion USD. The highest level of the last years at 25 trillion US Dollar was reached in 2020.

Based on the number of inhabitants, this is in the United States a debt of 75,008 USD per person. For comparison: The average debt per person in the same year in the European Union was 30,798 USD.


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Gross debt of the last 22 years in billion USD




YearUnited States totalUnited States per capitaEU per capita
19984,537.52 bn USD16,449 USD14,079 USD
19994,512.11 bn USD16,170 USD14,032 USD
20004,242.83 bn USD15,037 USD11,232 USD
20014,302.91 bn USD15,100 USD11,255 USD
20024,606.89 bn USD16,017 USD12,258 USD
20035,119.19 bn USD17,646 USD15,286 USD
20045,554.34 bn USD18,969 USD17,595 USD
20055,946.38 bn USD20,122 USD18,327 USD
20066,192.74 bn USD20,755 USD18,877 USD
20076,527.68 bn USD21,670 USD20,898 USD
20087,857.58 bn USD25,839 USD24,086 USD
20099,387.56 bn USD30,601 USD25,361 USD
201011,041.24 bn USD35,694 USD26,496 USD
201112,205.30 bn USD39,172 USD29,231 USD
201213,409.69 bn USD42,723 USD28,174 USD
201314,290.20 bn USD45,214 USD29,981 USD
201415,079.89 bn USD47,363 USD30,648 USD
201515,822.92 bn USD49,333 USD25,920 USD
201616,705.33 bn USD51,708 USD26,262 USD
201717,332.94 bn USD53,312 USD27,025 USD
201818,677.46 bn USD57,146 USD28,454 USD
201919,902.74 bn USD60,618 USD27,178 USD
202024,865.37 bn USD75,008 USD30,798 USD


Comparison of gross debt per capita with the European Union in U.S. dollars



      United States       European Union


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