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United States Public Debt

United States Public Debt

Public Debt in United States

Public debt averaged 111% of GDP in the decade to 2022, below the average for major economies of 118% of GDP. Public debt in the United States in 2022 was 122% of GDP. For more public debt information, visit our dedicated page.

United States Public Debt Chart

Note: This chart displays Public Debt (% of GDP) for United States from 2014 to 2023.
Source: United States Department of Treasury.

United States Public Debt Data

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Public Debt (% of GDP) 106 108 130 126 122
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