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Historical Debt Outstanding


01/01/1790 — 09/30/2023Released AnnuallyLast Updated 10/03/2023
Historical Debt Outstanding is a dataset that provides a summary of the U.S. government's total outstanding debt at the end of each fiscal year from 1789 to the current year. Between 1789 and 1842, the fiscal year began in January. From January 1842 until 1977, the fiscal year began in July. From July 1977 onwards, the fiscal year has started in October. Between 1789 and 1919, debt outstanding was presented as of the first day of the next fiscal year. From 1920 onwards, debt outstanding has been presented as of the final day of the fiscal year. This is a high-level summary of historical public debt and does not contain a breakdown of the debt components.


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Historical Debt Outstandingrecord_dateRecord DateThe date that data was published.DATE1
Historical Debt Outstandingdebt_outstanding_amtDebt Outstanding AmountThe Total Debt Outstanding represents the face amount or principal amount of marketable and non-marketable securities currently outstanding. Total debt outstanding is expressed as of fiscal year end.CURRENCY1
Historical Debt Outstandingsrc_line_nbrSource Line NumberIndicates the row of the corresponding table where a data point can be found. This can assist in structuring the data in a similar format to the published report and in understanding potential hierarchies within the table.INTEGER1
Historical Debt Outstandingrecord_fiscal_yearFiscal YearThe fiscal year associated with record_date. The federal government's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.YEAR1
Historical Debt Outstandingrecord_fiscal_quarterFiscal Quarter NumberThe fiscal quarter associated with record_date. For the federal government these quarters are: Q1 - October to December, Q2 - January to March, Q3 - April to June, Q4 - July to September.QUARTER1
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