US National Debt (And Related Information)

via CaptainMeap:

Several months ago, on a particularly boring day, I had a burning passion to use Excel for something; this was the result.

A couple of notes about the graph:

  • This graph is not inflation-adjusted and is computed entirely from dollar values in the given year.
  • I had never made something like this before, so please forgive any unreadability or other problems.

Tools used were Excel (data and graph) and MS Paint (most text and colors). Sources are two articles from The Balance (1 2) and thisPolidioitic article. I am willing to share the Excel spreadsheet itself on request.

In addition, there are two other versions of the graph: one with notations made by me and another with “eras” which I didn’t find too helpful, but someone else might.