A History of Debt in the United States



RisingOn this page you will find a history of the national debt balance of the United States, from 1791 until the current fiscal year.

Historical End of Fiscal Year US Debt Balances 1791-2014


YearNominal DollarsReal Dollars (2012)
1791$75,463,477$1,886,586,925
1792$77,227,925$1,883,607,927
1793$80,358,634$1,913,300,810
1794$78,427,405$1,704,943,587
1795$80,747,587$1,523,539,377
1796$83,762,172$1,495,753,071
1797$82,064,479$1,519,712,574
1798$79,228,529$1,523,625,558
1799$78,408,670$1,507,859,038
1800$82,976,294$1,565,590,453
1801$83,038,051$1,537,741,685
1802$80,712,632$1,793,614,044
1803$77,054,686$1,605,305,958
1804$86,427,121$1,728,542,420
1805$82,312,151$1,679,839,816
1806$75,723,271$1,456,216,750
1807$69,218,399$1,412,620,388
1808$65,196,318$1,230,119,208
1809$57,023,192$1,096,599,846
1810$53,173,218$1,022,561,885
1811$48,005,588$872,828,873
1812$45,209,738$807,316,750
1813$55,962,828$822,982,765
1814$81,487,846$1,101,187,108
1815$99,833,660$1,535,902,462
1816$127,334,934$2,122,248,900
1817$123,491,965$2,205,213,661
1818$103,466,634$1,916,048,778
1819$95,529,648$1,769,067,556
1820$91,015,566$1,857,460,531
1821$89,987,428$1,874,738,083
1822$93,546,677$1,909,115,857
1823$90,875,877$2,065,360,841
1824$90,269,778$2,201,701,902
1825$83,788,433$1,994,962,690
1826$81,054,060$1,929,858,571
1827$73,987,357$1,761,603,738
1828$67,475,044$1,686,876,100
1829$58,421,414$1,497,984,974
1830$48,565,407$1,245,266,846
1831$39,123,192$1,057,383,568
1832$24,322,235$675,617,639
1833$7,001,699$200,048,543
1834$4,760,082$132,224,500
1835$33,733$911,703
1836$37,513$961,872
1837$336,958$8,218,488
1838$3,308,124$84,823,692
1839$10,434,221$267,544,128
1840$3,573,344$96,576,865
1841$5,250,876$141,915,568
1842$13,594,481$388,413,743
1843$20,201,226$651,652,452
1843$32,742,922$1,056,223,290
1844$23,461,653$733,176,656
1845$15,925,303$497,665,719
1846$15,550,203$471,218,273
1847$38,826,535$1,109,329,571
1848$47,044,862$1,425,601,879
1849$63,061,859$1,910,965,424
1850$63,452,774$1,922,811,333
1851$68,304,796$2,069,842,303
1852$66,199,342$2,006,040,667
1853$59,803,118$1,812,215,697
1854$42,242,222$1,206,920,629
1855$35,586,957$961,809,649
1856$31,972,538$888,126,056
1857$28,699,832$775,671,135
1858$44,911,881$1,283,196,600
1859$58,496,838$1,671,338,229
1860$64,842,288$1,852,636,800
1861$90,580,874$2,448,131,730
1862$524,176,412$12,190,149,116
1863$1,119,772,139$21,127,776,208
1864$1,815,784,371$27,511,884,409
1865$2,680,647,870$38,849,969,130
1866$2,773,236,174$41,391,584,687
1867$2,678,126,104$42,509,938,159
1868$2,611,687,851$43,528,130,850
1869$2,588,452,214$45,411,442,351
1870$2,480,672,428$45,103,135,055
1871$2,353,211,332$45,254,064,077
1872$2,253,251,329$43,331,756,327
1873$2,234,482,993$43,813,392,020
1874$2,251,690,468$46,910,218,083
1875$2,232,284,532$48,527,924,609
1876$2,180,395,067$48,453,223,711
1877$2,205,301,392$50,120,486,182
1878$2,256,205,893$53,719,187,929
1879$2,349,567,482$55,942,082,905
1880$2,120,415,371$49,311,985,372
1881$2,069,013,570$48,116,594,651
1882$1,918,312,994$44,611,930,093
1883$1,884,171,728$43,817,947,163
1884$1,830,528,924$44,647,046,927
1885$1,863,964,873$45,462,557,878
1886$1,775,063,014$44,376,575,350
1887$1,657,602,593$41,440,064,825
1888$1,692,858,985$42,321,474,625
1889$1,619,052,922$41,514,177,487
1890$1,552,140,205$40,845,794,868
1891$1,545,996,592$40,684,120,842
1892$1,588,464,145$41,801,688,026
1893$1,545,985,686$40,683,833,842
1894$1,632,253,637$45,340,378,806
1895$1,676,120,983$47,889,170,943
1896$1,769,840,323$50,566,866,371
1897$1,817,672,666$51,933,504,743
1898$1,796,531,996$51,329,485,600
1899$1,991,927,307$56,912,208,771
1900$2,136,961,092$61,056,031,200
1901$2,143,326,934$59,536,859,278
1902$2,158,610,446$59,961,401,278
1903$2,202,464,782$59,526,075,189
1904$2,264,003,585$59,579,041,711
1905$2,274,615,064$61,476,082,811
1906$2,337,161,839$61,504,258,921
1907$2,457,188,062$61,429,701,550
1908$2,626,806,272$67,354,006,974
1909$2,639,546,241$69,461,743,184
1910$2,652,665,838$66,316,645,950
1911$2,765,600,607$69,140,015,175
1912$2,868,373,874$69,960,338,390
1913$2,916,204,914$69,433,450,333
1914$2,912,499,269$69,345,220,690
1915$3,058,136,873$71,119,462,163
1916$3,609,244,262$78,461,831,783
1917$5,717,770,280$105,884,634,815
1918$14,592,161,414$228,002,522,094
1919$27,390,970,113$375,218,768,671
1920$25,952,456,406$308,957,814,357
1921$23,977,450,553$315,492,770,434
1922$22,963,381,708$323,427,911,380
1923$22,349,707,365$310,412,602,292
1924$21,250,812,989$295,150,180,403
1925$20,516,193,888$277,245,863,351
1926$19,643,216,315$261,909,550,867
1927$18,511,906,932$253,587,766,192
1928$17,604,293,201$244,504,072,236
1929$16,931,088,484$235,154,006,722
1930$16,185,309,831$227,962,110,296
1931$16,801,281,492$262,520,023,313
1932$19,487,002,444$335,982,800,759
1933$22,538,672,560$409,794,046,545
1934$27,053,141,414$474,616,516,035
1935$28,700,892,625$494,842,976,293
1936$33,778,543,494$572,517,686,339
1937$36,424,613,732$597,124,815,279
1938$37,164,740,315$619,412,338,583
1939$40,439,532,411$685,415,803,576
1940$42,967,531,038$728,263,237,932
1941$48,961,443,536$789,700,702,194
1942$72,422,445,116$1,049,600,653,855
1943$136,696,090,330$1,872,549,182,603
1944$201,003,387,221$2,716,261,989,473
1945$258,682,187,410$3,403,712,992,237
1946$269,422,099,173$3,285,635,355,768
1947$258,286,383,109$2,747,727,479,883
1948$252,292,246,513$2,473,453,397,186
1949$252,770,359,860$2,502,676,830,297
1950$257,357,352,351$2,523,111,297,559
1951$255,221,976,815$2,320,199,789,227
1952$259,105,178,785$2,313,439,096,295
1953$266,071,061,639$2,354,611,164,947
1954$271,259,599,108$2,379,470,167,614
1955$274,374,222,803$2,428,090,467,283
1956$272,750,813,649$2,371,746,205,643
1957$270,527,171,896$2,273,337,578,958
1958$276,343,217,746$2,265,108,342,180
1959$284,705,907,078$2,314,682,171,366
1960$286,330,760,848$2,290,646,086,784
1961$288,970,938,610$2,293,420,147,698
1962$298,200,822,721$2,329,693,927,508
1963$305,859,632,996$2,371,004,906,946
1964$311,712,899,257$2,379,487,780,588
1965$317,273,898,984$2,385,518,037,474
1966$319,907,087,795$2,335,088,232,080
1967$326,220,937,795$2,313,623,672,305
1968$347,578,406,426$2,364,478,955,279
1969$353,720,253,841$2,282,066,153,813
1970$370,918,706,950$2,261,699,432,622
1971$398,129,744,456$2,328,244,119,626
1972$427,260,460,941$2,413,900,909,271
1973$458,141,605,312$2,436,923,432,511
1974$475,059,815,732$2,283,941,421,788
1975$533,189,000,000$2,348,850,220,264
1976$620,433,000,000$2,585,137,500,000
1977$698,840,000,000$2,729,843,750,000
1978$771,544,000,000$2,805,614,545,455
1979$826,519,000,000$2,692,244,299,674
1980$907,701,000,000$2,608,336,206,897
1981$997,855,000,000$2,598,580,729,167
1982$1,142,034,000,000$2,799,102,941,176
1983$1,377,210,000,000$3,271,282,660,333
1984$1,572,266,000,000$3,581,471,526,196
1985$1,823,103,000,000$4,015,645,374,449
1986$2,125,302,616,660$4,590,286,429,071
1987$2,350,276,890,950$4,896,410,189,479
1988$2,602,337,712,040$5,204,675,424,080
1989$2,857,430,960,190$5,453,112,519,447
1990$3,233,313,451,780$5,857,451,905,399
1991$3,665,303,351,700$6,374,440,611,652
1992$4,064,620,655,520$6,865,913,269,459
1993$4,411,488,883,140$7,231,948,988,754
1994$4,692,749,910,010$7,496,405,607,045
1995$4,973,982,900,710$7,723,575,932,780
1996$5,224,810,939,140$7,880,559,485,882
1997$5,413,146,011,400$7,983,991,167,257
1998$5,526,193,008,900$8,032,257,280,378
1999$5,656,270,901,620$8,034,475,712,528
2000$5,674,178,209,890$7,804,921,884,305
2001$5,807,463,412,200$7,763,988,518,984
2002$6,228,235,965,600$8,195,047,323,158
2003$6,783,231,062,740$8,730,027,107,773
2004$7,379,052,696,330$9,246,933,203,421
2005$7,932,709,661,720$9,615,405,650,570
2006$8,506,973,899,220$9,996,444,064,888
2007$9,007,653,372,260$10,282,709,329,064
2008$10,024,724,896,900$11,028,300,216,612
2009$11,909,829,003,500$13,145,506,626,380
2010$13,561,623,030,900$14,724,889,284,365
2011$14,790,340,328,557$15,568,779,293,218
2012$16,066,241,407,385$16,563,135,471,531
2013$16,738,183,526,697$17,010,349,112,497
2014*$18,151,997,510,900$18,151,997,510,900

*2014 Fiscal Year is Ongoing



Source: TreasuryDirect.gov - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual

Source: Oregon State University - Inflation Conversion Factors