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 1791-2015


YearNominal DollarsReal Dollars (2012)
1791$75,463,477$1,934,960,949
1792$77,227,925$1,930,698,125
1793$80,358,634$1,959,966,683
1794$78,427,405$1,704,943,587
1795$80,747,587$1,523,539,377
1796$83,762,172$1,522,948,582
1797$82,064,479$1,548,386,396
1798$79,228,529$1,553,500,569
1799$78,408,670$1,537,424,902
1800$82,976,294$1,565,590,453
1801$83,038,051$1,566,755,679
1802$80,712,632$1,793,614,044
1803$77,054,686$1,639,461,404
1804$86,427,121$1,763,818,796
1805$82,312,151$1,679,839,816
1806$75,723,271$1,484,770,020
1807$69,218,399$1,442,049,979
1808$65,196,318$1,230,119,208
1809$57,023,192$1,118,101,804
1810$53,173,218$1,042,612,118
1811$48,005,588$872,828,873
1812$45,209,738$821,995,236
1813$55,962,828$835,266,090
1814$81,487,846$1,116,271,863
1815$99,833,660$1,559,900,938
1816$127,334,934$2,158,219,220
1817$123,491,965$2,245,308,455
1818$103,466,634$1,952,200,642
1819$95,529,648$1,802,446,189
1820$91,015,566$1,857,460,531
1821$89,987,428$1,914,626,128
1822$93,546,677$1,909,115,857
1823$90,875,877$2,065,360,841
1824$90,269,778$2,256,744,450
1825$83,788,433$2,043,620,317
1826$81,054,060$1,976,928,293
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$1,278,037,026
1831$39,123,192$1,086,755,333
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$8,423,950
1838$3,308,124$84,823,692
1839$10,434,221$267,544,128
1840$3,573,344$99,259,556
1841$5,250,876$145,857,667
1842$13,594,481$399,837,676
1843$20,201,226$651,652,452
1843$32,742,922$1,056,223,290
1844$23,461,653$756,827,516
1845$15,925,303$497,665,719
1846$15,550,203$485,943,844
1847$38,826,535$1,141,956,912
1848$47,044,862$1,425,601,879
1849$63,061,859$1,970,683,094
1850$63,452,774$1,922,811,333
1851$68,304,796$2,134,524,875
1852$66,199,342$2,068,729,438
1853$59,803,118$1,868,847,438
1854$42,242,222$1,206,920,629
1855$35,586,957$988,526,583
1856$31,972,538$913,501,086
1857$28,699,832$797,217,556
1858$44,911,881$1,320,937,676
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$12,480,390,762
1863$1,119,772,139$21,127,776,208
1864$1,815,784,371$27,935,144,169
1865$2,680,647,870$39,421,292,206
1866$2,773,236,174$42,018,729,909
1867$2,678,126,104$43,195,582,323
1868$2,611,687,851$44,265,895,780
1869$2,588,452,214$45,411,442,351
1870$2,480,672,428$45,103,135,055
1871$2,353,211,332$46,141,398,667
1872$2,253,251,329$44,181,398,608
1873$2,234,482,993$44,689,659,860
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$44,861,231,619
1884$1,830,528,924$44,647,046,927
1885$1,863,964,873$46,599,121,825
1886$1,775,063,014$45,514,436,256
1887$1,657,602,593$41,440,064,825
1888$1,692,858,985$42,321,474,625
1889$1,619,052,922$42,606,655,842
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$61,237,912,400
1902$2,158,610,446$59,961,401,278
1903$2,202,464,782$59,526,075,189
1904$2,264,003,585$61,189,286,081
1905$2,274,615,064$61,476,082,811
1906$2,337,161,839$61,504,258,921
1907$2,457,188,062$63,004,822,103
1908$2,626,806,272$69,126,480,842
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$71,709,346,850
1913$2,916,204,914$71,126,949,122
1914$2,912,499,269$69,345,220,690
1915$3,058,136,873$72,812,782,690
1916$3,609,244,262$80,205,428,044
1917$5,717,770,280$107,882,458,113
1918$14,592,161,414$231,621,609,746
1919$27,390,970,113$380,430,140,458
1920$25,952,456,406$312,680,197,663
1921$23,977,450,553$319,699,340,707
1922$22,963,381,708$328,048,310,114
1923$22,349,707,365$314,784,610,775
1924$21,250,812,989$299,307,225,197
1925$20,516,193,888$281,043,751,890
1926$19,643,216,315$265,448,869,122
1927$18,511,906,932$253,587,766,192
1928$17,604,293,201$247,947,791,563
1929$16,931,088,484$238,466,034,986
1930$16,185,309,831$231,218,711,871
1931$16,801,281,492$266,687,007,810
1932$19,487,002,444$341,877,235,860
1933$22,538,672,560$417,382,825,185
1934$27,053,141,414$483,091,810,964
1935$28,700,892,625$503,524,432,018
1936$33,778,543,494$582,388,680,931
1937$36,424,613,732$607,076,895,533
1938$37,164,740,315$629,910,852,797
1939$40,439,532,411$697,233,317,431
1940$42,967,531,038$740,819,500,655
1941$48,961,443,536$802,646,615,344
1942$72,422,445,116$1,065,035,957,588
1943$136,696,090,330$1,898,556,810,139
1944$201,003,387,221$2,753,471,057,822
1945$258,682,187,410$3,449,095,832,133
1946$269,422,099,173$3,326,198,755,222
1947$258,286,383,109$2,777,272,936,656
1948$252,292,246,513$2,497,943,034,782
1949$252,770,359,860$2,553,235,958,182
1950$257,357,352,351$2,548,092,597,535
1951$255,221,976,815$2,363,166,451,991
1952$259,105,178,785$2,334,280,889,955
1953$266,071,061,639$2,397,036,591,342
1954$271,259,599,108$2,421,960,706,321
1955$274,374,222,803$2,449,769,846,455
1956$272,750,813,649$2,413,724,014,593
1957$270,527,171,896$2,312,198,050,393
1958$276,343,217,746$2,283,828,245,835
1959$284,705,907,078$2,352,941,380,810
1960$286,330,760,848$2,327,892,364,618
1961$288,970,938,610$2,311,767,508,880
1962$298,200,822,721$2,366,673,196,198
1963$305,859,632,996$2,389,528,382,781
1964$311,712,899,257$2,416,379,064,008
1965$317,273,898,984$2,421,938,160,183
1966$319,907,087,795$2,369,682,131,815
1967$326,220,937,795$2,346,913,221,547
1968$347,578,406,426$2,397,092,458,110
1969$353,720,253,841$2,311,897,083,928
1970$370,918,706,950$2,289,621,647,840
1971$398,129,744,456$2,355,797,304,473
1972$427,260,460,941$2,455,519,890,466
1973$458,141,605,312$2,476,441,109,795
1974$475,059,815,732$2,306,115,610,350
1975$533,189,000,000$2,380,308,035,714
1976$620,433,000,000$2,617,860,759,494
1977$698,840,000,000$2,762,213,438,735
1978$771,544,000,000$2,836,558,823,529
1979$826,519,000,000$2,727,785,478,548
1980$907,701,000,000$2,638,665,697,674
1981$997,855,000,000$2,632,862,796,834
1982$1,142,034,000,000$2,833,831,265,509
1983$1,377,210,000,000$3,310,600,961,538
1984$1,572,266,000,000$3,631,099,307,159
1985$1,823,103,000,000$4,060,363,028,953
1986$2,125,302,616,660$4,650,552,771,685
1987$2,350,276,890,950$4,958,390,065,295
1988$2,602,337,712,040$5,267,890,105,344
1989$2,857,430,960,190$5,526,945,764,391
1990$3,233,313,451,780$5,932,685,232,624
1991$3,665,303,351,700$6,452,998,858,627
1992$4,064,620,655,520$6,948,069,496,615
1993$4,411,488,883,140$7,315,901,962,090
1994$4,692,749,910,010$7,593,446,456,327
1995$4,973,982,900,710$7,820,727,831,305
1996$5,224,810,939,140$7,976,810,594,107
1997$5,413,146,011,400$8,079,322,405,075
1998$5,526,193,008,900$8,126,754,424,853
1999$5,656,270,901,620$8,138,519,282,906
2000$5,674,178,209,890$7,902,755,166,978
2001$5,807,463,412,200$7,858,543,182,950
2002$6,228,235,965,600$8,293,256,944,874
2003$6,783,231,062,740$8,832,332,112,943
2004$7,379,052,696,330$9,364,280,071,485
2005$7,932,709,661,720$9,733,386,088,000
2006$8,506,973,899,220$10,115,307,846,873
2007$9,007,653,372,260$10,413,472,106,659
2008$10,024,724,896,900$11,163,390,753,786
2009$11,909,829,003,500$13,307,071,512,291
2010$13,561,623,030,900$14,902,882,451,538
2011$14,790,340,328,557$15,767,953,441,958
2012$16,066,241,407,385$16,770,606,897,062
2013$16,738,183,526,697$17,220,353,422,528
2014$17,824,071,380,733$18,040,558,077,665
2015*$18,151,237,646,300$18,151,237,646,300

*2015 Fiscal Year is Ongoing



Source: TreasuryDirect.gov - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual

Source: Oregon State University - Inflation Conversion Factors