An Overview of the United States National Debt

An Overview of the United States National Debt
The Current Outstanding Public Debt of the United States is:

$16,245,318,820,569.34

Last Updated: Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Every man, woman and child in the United States currently owes $53,469 for their share of the U.S. public debt

Public Debt: $11,421,836,402,771.01
Intragovernmental Holdings: $4,823,482,417,798.33

Total U.S. National Debt: $16,245,318,820,569.34

Question: Who owns the public debt?

Answer: Mutual funds, pension funds, foreign governments, foreign investors, American investors, etc.

Which Foreign governments own the most U.S. debt?

Answer: Here is the Top 10 (as of Aug/2012)

1. China, Mainland, $1153.6 billion dollars
2. Japan, $1121.5 billion dollars
3. Oil Exporters*, $263.0 billion dollars
4. Carib Bnkng Ctrs**, $256.9 billion dollars
5. Brazil, $253.9 billion dollars
6. All Other, $226.8 billion dollars
7. Switzerland, $202.2 billion dollars
8. Taiwan, $198.0 billion dollars
9. United Kingdom, $153.6 billion dollars
10. Russia, $153.3 billion dollars

*Includes oil exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran

**includes countries such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands

Of the $5.1 trillion dollars of US debt that is owned by foreign governments, China and Japan own nearly half, as evidenced by this chart:

Growth of US Debt Over Past 50 Years

Current: $16,245,318,820,569.34
2010: $13,178,317,356,215.73
2004: $7,379,052,696,330.32
1999: $5,656,270,901,615.43
1994: $4,692,749,910,013.32
1989: $2,857,430,960,187.32
1984: $1,572,266,000,000.00
1979: $826,519,000,000.00
1974: $475,059,815,731.55
1969: $353,720,253,841.41
1964: $311,712,899,257.30
1959: $284,705,907,078.22

Commonly Asked Questions:

How much Money does the United States Owe China?

A: $1.15 Trillion (Aug/2012)

How much Money does the United States Owe Japan?

A: $1.12 Trillion (Aug/2012)

How much Money does the United States Owe Russia?

A: $153.3 Billion (Aug/2012)

How much Money does the United States Owe the United Kingdom?

A: $153.6 Billion (Aug/2012)

How much Money does the United States Owe Germany?

A: $64 Billion (Aug/2012)

How much Money does the United States Owe Canada?

A: $57 Billion (Aug/2012)

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