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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 1791-2013


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$1,668,668,191
1795$80,747,587$1,495,325,685
1796$83,762,172$1,495,753,071
1797$82,064,479$1,519,712,574
1798$79,228,529$1,494,877,906
1799$78,408,670$1,479,408,868
1800$82,976,294$1,536,598,037
1801$83,038,051$1,537,741,685
1802$80,712,632$1,754,622,435
1803$77,054,686$1,605,305,958
1804$86,427,121$1,728,542,420
1805$82,312,151$1,646,243,020
1806$75,723,271$1,456,216,750
1807$69,218,399$1,384,367,980
1808$65,196,318$1,207,339,222
1809$57,023,192$1,075,909,283
1810$53,173,218$1,003,268,264
1811$48,005,588$857,242,643
1812$45,209,738$793,153,298
1813$55,962,828$822,982,765
1814$81,487,846$1,086,504,613
1815$99,833,660$1,512,631,212
1816$127,334,934$2,122,248,900
1817$123,491,965$2,166,525,702
1818$103,466,634$1,916,048,778
1819$95,529,648$1,769,067,556
1820$91,015,566$1,820,311,320
1821$89,987,428$1,874,738,083
1822$93,546,677$1,870,933,540
1823$90,875,877$2,019,463,933
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$1,720,636,209
1828$67,475,044$1,645,732,780
1829$58,421,414$1,460,535,350
1830$48,565,407$1,245,266,846
1831$39,123,192$1,057,383,568
1832$24,322,235$657,357,703
1833$7,001,699$194,491,639
1834$4,760,082$128,650,865
1835$33,733$887,711
1836$37,513$937,825
1837$336,958$8,218,488
1838$3,308,124$82,703,100
1839$10,434,221$260,855,525
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$631,288,313
1843$32,742,922$1,023,216,313
1844$23,461,653$733,176,656
1845$15,925,303$482,584,939
1846$15,550,203$471,218,273
1847$38,826,535$1,109,329,571
1848$47,044,862$1,383,672,412
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$1,173,395,056
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$1,624,912,167
1860$64,842,288$1,801,174,667
1861$90,580,874$2,383,707,211
1862$524,176,412$12,190,149,116
1863$1,119,772,139$20,736,521,093
1864$1,815,784,371$27,101,259,269
1865$2,680,647,870$38,294,969,571
1866$2,773,236,174$40,782,884,912
1867$2,678,126,104$42,509,938,159
1868$2,611,687,851$42,814,554,934
1869$2,588,452,214$44,628,486,448
1870$2,480,672,428$44,297,721,929
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$45,952,866,694
1875$2,232,284,532$47,495,415,574
1876$2,180,395,067$47,399,892,761
1877$2,205,301,392$49,006,697,600
1878$2,256,205,893$52,469,904,488
1879$2,349,567,482$54,641,104,233
1880$2,120,415,371$48,191,258,432
1881$2,069,013,570$47,023,035,682
1882$1,918,312,994$43,598,022,591
1883$1,884,171,728$43,817,947,163
1884$1,830,528,924$43,584,022,000
1885$1,863,964,873$45,462,557,878
1886$1,775,063,014$44,376,575,350
1887$1,657,602,593$40,429,331,537
1888$1,692,858,985$41,289,243,537
1889$1,619,052,922$41,514,177,487
1890$1,552,140,205$39,798,466,795
1891$1,545,996,592$39,640,938,256
1892$1,588,464,145$40,729,849,872
1893$1,545,985,686$40,683,833,842
1894$1,632,253,637$44,114,963,162
1895$1,676,120,983$46,558,916,194
1896$1,769,840,323$49,162,231,194
1897$1,817,672,666$50,490,907,389
1898$1,796,531,996$49,903,666,556
1899$1,991,927,307$55,331,314,083
1900$2,136,961,092$59,360,030,333
1901$2,143,326,934$59,536,859,278
1902$2,158,610,446$58,340,822,865
1903$2,202,464,782$57,959,599,526
1904$2,264,003,585$59,579,041,711
1905$2,274,615,064$59,858,291,158
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$67,680,672,846
1910$2,652,665,838$64,699,166,780
1911$2,765,600,607$67,453,673,341
1912$2,868,373,874$69,960,338,390
1913$2,916,204,914$69,433,450,333
1914$2,912,499,269$67,732,541,140
1915$3,058,136,873$71,119,462,163
1916$3,609,244,262$76,792,431,106
1917$5,717,770,280$103,959,459,636
1918$14,592,161,414$224,494,790,985
1919$27,390,970,113$370,148,244,770
1920$25,952,456,406$301,772,748,907
1921$23,977,450,553$311,395,461,727
1922$22,963,381,708$318,935,857,056
1923$22,349,707,365$306,160,374,863
1924$21,250,812,989$291,107,027,247
1925$20,516,193,888$273,549,251,840
1926$19,643,216,315$258,463,372,566
1927$18,511,906,932$250,160,904,486
1928$17,604,293,201$241,154,701,384
1929$16,931,088,484$231,932,718,959
1930$16,185,309,831$227,962,110,296
1931$16,801,281,492$258,481,253,723
1932$19,487,002,444$330,288,177,017
1933$22,538,672,560$402,476,295,714
1934$27,053,141,414$474,616,516,035
1935$28,700,892,625$486,455,807,203
1936$33,778,543,494$572,517,686,339
1937$36,424,613,732$587,493,769,871
1938$37,164,740,315$619,412,338,583
1939$40,439,532,411$685,415,803,576
1940$42,967,531,038$716,125,517,300
1941$48,961,443,536$777,165,770,413
1942$72,422,445,116$1,034,606,358,800
1943$136,696,090,330$1,847,244,463,919
1944$201,003,387,221$2,680,045,162,947
1945$258,682,187,410$3,359,508,927,403
1946$269,422,099,173$3,246,049,387,627
1947$258,286,383,109$2,718,804,032,726
1948$252,292,246,513$2,449,439,286,534
1949$252,770,359,860$2,478,140,782,941
1950$257,357,352,351$2,498,615,071,369
1951$255,221,976,815$2,299,297,088,423
1952$259,105,178,785$2,292,966,183,938
1953$266,071,061,639$2,333,956,681,044
1954$271,259,599,108$2,358,779,122,678
1955$274,374,222,803$2,385,862,806,983
1956$272,750,813,649$2,351,300,117,664
1957$270,527,171,896$2,254,393,099,133
1958$276,343,217,746$2,228,574,336,661
1959$284,705,907,078$2,296,015,379,661
1960$286,330,760,848$2,254,572,920,063
1961$288,970,938,610$2,257,585,457,891
1962$298,200,822,721$2,311,634,284,659
1963$305,859,632,996$2,334,806,358,748
1964$311,712,899,257$2,343,706,009,451
1965$317,273,898,984$2,350,177,029,511
1966$319,907,087,795$2,301,489,840,252
1967$326,220,937,795$2,281,265,299,266
1968$347,578,406,426$2,332,740,982,725
1969$353,720,253,841$2,252,995,247,395
1970$370,918,706,950$2,234,450,041,867
1971$398,129,744,456$2,301,328,002,636
1972$427,260,460,941$2,386,929,949,391
1973$458,141,605,312$2,411,271,606,905
1974$475,059,815,732$2,251,468,321,005
1975$533,189,000,000$2,318,213,043,478
1976$620,433,000,000$2,553,222,222,222
1977$698,840,000,000$2,698,223,938,224
1978$771,544,000,000$2,765,390,681,004
1979$826,519,000,000$2,657,617,363,344
1980$907,701,000,000$2,578,696,022,727
1981$997,855,000,000$2,565,179,948,586
1982$1,142,034,000,000$2,765,215,496,368
1983$1,377,210,000,000$3,232,887,323,944
1984$1,572,266,000,000$3,541,139,639,640
1985$1,823,103,000,000$3,963,267,391,304
1986$2,125,302,616,660$4,531,562,082,431
1987$2,350,276,890,950$4,835,960,680,967
1988$2,602,337,712,040$5,142,959,905,217
1989$2,857,430,960,190$5,391,379,170,170
1990$3,233,313,451,780$5,784,102,775,993
1991$3,665,303,351,700$6,286,969,728,473
1992$4,064,620,655,520$6,774,367,759,200
1993$4,411,488,883,140$7,138,331,526,117
1994$4,692,749,910,010$7,401,813,738,186
1995$4,973,982,900,710$7,628,808,129,923
1996$5,224,810,939,140$7,786,603,486,051
1997$5,413,146,011,400$7,890,883,398,542
1998$5,526,193,008,900$7,928,540,902,296
1999$5,656,270,901,620$7,933,058,768,050
2000$5,674,178,209,890$7,699,020,637,571
2001$5,807,463,412,200$7,671,682,182,563
2002$6,228,235,965,600$8,099,136,496,229
2003$6,783,231,062,740$8,619,099,190,267
2004$7,379,052,696,330$9,132,490,960,804
2005$7,932,709,661,720$9,500,251,091,880
2006$8,506,973,899,220$9,868,879,233,434
2007$9,007,653,372,260$10,155,189,822,165
2008$10,024,724,896,900$10,884,609,008,578
2009$11,909,829,003,500$12,973,669,938,453
2010$13,561,623,030,900$14,535,501,640,836
2011$14,790,340,328,557$15,374,574,146,109
2012$16,066,241,407,385$16,360,734,630,738
2013$16,738,183,526,697$16,738,183,526,697
2014*$17,611,454,807,700$17,611,454,807,700

*2014 Fiscal Year is Ongoing



Source: TreasuryDirect.gov - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual

Source: Oregon State University - Inflation Conversion Factors






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