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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 2016 was between 1,610.9 bn and 18,523.3 tn USD. The highest level of the last years at 18,523.32 tn US Dollar was reached in 2016.

Based on the number of inhabitants, this is in the United States a debt of 57,358 USD per person. For comparison: The average debt per person in the same year in the European Union was 31,202 USD.


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Gross debt of the last 18 years in billion USD




JahrUnited States totalUnited States per capitaEU per capita
19983,738.30 bn USD13,552 USD12,387 USD
19993,644.88 bn USD13,062 USD12,342 USD
20003,421.04 bn USD12,124 USD10,778 USD
20011,610.89 bn USD5,653 USD10,717 USD
20025,909.31 bn USD20,545 USD11,593 USD
20036,473.79 bn USD22,315 USD14,402 USD
20046,957.23 bn USD23,761 USD16,970 USD
20057,404.50 bn USD25,056 USD17,846 USD
20067,686.02 bn USD25,759 USD18,591 USD
20078,056.33 bn USD26,745 USD20,509 USD
20089,425.38 bn USD30,995 USD23,520 USD
200911,006.90 bn USD35,880 USD25,266 USD
201012,812.85 bn USD41,422 USD30,683 USD
201113,996.84 bn USD44,925 USD34,278 USD
201215,251.66 bn USD48,598 USD33,161 USD
201316,126.15 bn USD51,033 USD35,247 USD
201416,886.11 bn USD53,051 USD36,694 USD
201517,645.01 bn USD55,031 USD31,489 USD
201618,523.32 bn USD57,358 USD31,202 USD


Comparison of the gross debt per capita with the European Union in Euro



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