Welcome to the USAFacts 2019 Annual Report

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Our nation, in numbers.

If you’re looking to gain insight on our government by the numbers, look no further. In this year’s annual report, we’ve summarized the most recent data on population trends, government finances, and outcomes related to government activities. USAFacts is a not-for-profit, non-partisan resource built for interested people like you. Red or blue, left or right, or anywhere in between, it doesn’t matter. We believe understanding the numbers is the cornerstone to a healthy and productive democracy. Our goal is to help inform active citizenship and fact-based debate.

Our mission.

Our mission is to provide Americans with a portrait of the US population, government finances, and the outcomes of government activities. Everything we do is grounded in these five principles:

Factual. We only use official government data.

Unbiased. We have no partisan agenda or commercial motive.

Comprehensive. We integrate federal, state, and local government data, where available, to show the full picture.

Contextual. We show historical trends and other relevant statistics.

Comprehensible. We present data in a clear and understandable way

Government data is limited, not always timely, and sometimes inconsistent. We show the most recent data available as of the writing of this report. Our sources will release updates and restatements of data after publication of this report. When official sources of data disagree, we work with experts to choose the best series to report. For consistency, where noted, we adjust for inflation to 2017 dollars using the Consumer Price Index. We combine federal, state, and local data, meaning some values will differ from reports from others. To ensure accuracy, we procured independent external verification that the figures in this Annual Report were transferred correctly from our database (or other base sources.) Please visit USAFacts.org for details on our methodology. Source information for charts and data in this report are on pages 76-78.