U.S. Debt to GDP Ratio 1989-2020

Debt is the entire stock of direct government fixed-term contractual obligations to others outstanding on a particular date. It includes domestic and foreign liabilities such as currency and money deposits, securities other than shares, and loans. It is the gross amount of government liabilities reduced by the amount of equity and financial derivatives held by the government. Because debt is a stock rather than a flow, it is measured as of a given date, usually the last day of the fiscal year.
  • U.S. debt to gdp ratio for 2016 was 99.02%, a 2.17% increase from 2015.
  • U.S. debt to gdp ratio for 2015 was 96.85%, a 0.48% increase from 2014.
  • U.S. debt to gdp ratio for 2014 was 96.37%, a 0.3% increase from 2013.
  • U.S. debt to gdp ratio for 2013 was 96.08%, a 1.91% increase from 2012.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Government Debt as % of GDP
Japan 196.58%
United Kingdom 114.97%
Singapore 109.20%
Spain 104.57%
United States 99.02%
Hungary 96.19%
Ireland 84.83%
Iceland 73.53%
Palau 67.54%
San Marino 57.31%
Bahamas 51.42%
Uruguay 50.69%
New Zealand 42.34%
South Korea 38.07%
Switzerland 19.73%
Australia 0.05%
U.S. Debt to GDP Ratio - Historical Data
Year Government Debt as % of GDP Annual Change
2016 99.02% 2.17%
2015 96.85% 0.48%
2014 96.37% 0.30%
2013 96.08% 1.91%
2012 94.16% 4.11%
2011 90.05% 4.59%
2010 85.46% 9.29%
2009 76.18% 12.12%
2008 64.06% 8.32%
2007 55.75% 0.27%
2006 55.47% -1.08%
2005 56.55% -0.13%
2004 56.68% 0.44%
2003 56.24% 2.41%
2002 53.83% 38.67%
2001 15.17% -18.10%
2000 33.26% -4.47%
1999 37.73% -3.40%
1998 41.13% -2.99%
1997 44.12% -2.62%
1996 46.74% -0.47%
1995 47.21% -0.14%
1994 47.35% -0.89%
1993 48.25% 2.20%
1992 46.05% 1.99%
1991 44.06% 3.13%
1990 40.93% 1.81%
1989 39.13% 1.81%