Government

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to — all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.

Holders of U.S. debt

Notes

The graph includes debt owed to the Social Security trust fund and other federal funds. These are sometimes excluded when calculating the debt for other purposes. For details, see this GAO report.

For more, see our story: What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

Update: There were two misspellings in the original version of the graphic. Thanks to the commenters who pointed this out.

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