PSR-LA’s Nuclear Weapons Community Costs Program

Total U.S. nuclear weapons programs expenditures for 2016 = $57.6 billion!

Each April, Dr. Bob Dodge, PSR-LA Board Member and co-founder of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, calculates the cost of nuclear weapons programs to our communities.

In 2016, Los Angeles County spent $1,770,992,000.00 on nuclear weapons programs, and the city of Los Angeles spent $703,777,949.00! These are tax dollars diverted from community needs such as education, health care, environmental protection, and many other important social services – spent instead on deadly weapons that must never be used. This cost will increase dramatically with the Trump Administration’s plan to rebuild the U.S. nuclear arsenal – to the tune of $1 trillion over the next 30 years!

Below are costs for some US cities and counties. Use the community calculator to find out what your community spent on nuclear weapons programs in 2016, or contact us and we’ll crunch the numbers for you!

Boston, Massachusetts
Buffalo County, South Dakota (poorest U.S. County)
California State
Cleveland, Ohio
Cupertino City, California
Florida State
Hendersonville City, North Carolina
Lane County Oregon
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles County, California
Madison, Wisconsin
Miami, Florida
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New York City, New York
Palo Alto, California
Pennsylvania State
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland City, Oregon
Raleigh, North Carolina
San Jose, California
Santa Barbara County, California
Santa Clara County, California
Seattle, WashingtonTampa, Florida
Ventura County, California
Washington D.C.
Washington State
Wisconsin State


CALCULATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL OR COMMUNITY COSTS AS FOLLOWS

Dr. Bob Dodge presenting a check to Ventura County in the amount of tax dollars it spent on nuclear weapons in 1989.

Pictured above: Dr. Bob Dodge presenting a check to Ventura County in the amount of tax dollars it spent on nuclear weapons in 1989. He has continued to calculate community costs on nuclear weapons every year for over 30 years.

In 2016, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States, was $178.26. This is based on a national per capita average annual income of $28,930.00.

INDIVIDUAL TAX CONTRIBUTION
If your income is different from this, you can calculate your income modifier by dividing your income by the national average.
For example: your income $ / $28,930.00 = your modifier
Multiply this modifier by $178.26 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year.
Your modifier x $178.26 = Your Nuclear Weapons Tax Contribution

COMMUNITY TAX CONTRIBUTION
In Ventura County, the average cost per person was even higher, because Ventura County per capita income ($33,435), hence tax contribution, is higher than the national average.
The per capita income multiplier (pcim) for Ventura County is 1.15
(see source 1 below)
1.15 x $178.26 = $205.00 per person
The population of Ventura County is 849,738 (source 1)
To determine Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons cost,
multiply $205.00 x 849,738 = $174,196,290.00
Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Community Cost is $174,196,290.00

CALCULATE THE COST TO YOUR COMMUNITY
You can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:
$178.26 X pcim X your population = community cost
To determine pcim (per capita income multiplier) for your community refer to source 1 listed below: find per capita income for your county, divide by national per capita income ($28,930).
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average ($28,930) = pcim for your county
Population figures for your community can also be found in source 1

DOCUMENTATION AND SOURCES
The national average nuclear cost per person of $178.26 was obtained by dividing total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57.6 billion (see sources 2, 3) by the total U.S. population of 323,127,513 (see source 1)
$57.600,000,000.00 ÷ 323,127,513 = $178.26

SOURCES

  1. U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
  2. Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2015 to 2024
  3. CBO, Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023 pgs 6-7 “Other Nuclear Related Costs”
  4. $11 billion reported for WMD intel and surveillance

U.S. nuclear program cost calculation have been the subject of many scholarly reports for years and yet the figures and data necessary to make these calculations remains one of the least transparent aspects of our federal budget. The estimates have ranged from $54 billion in 2006 by Steven Kosiak at the time with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments to $61.3 billion in 2011 by Bruce Blair with Global Zero to $64 billion in 2012 by Ploughshares. This has resulted in the fact that it is likely that the Departments of Defense and Energy and indeed our elected officials are not aware of the actual costs of our combined nuclear programs and the costs to our communities.

2016 TAX YEAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS COMMUNITY COST

U.S. population: 323,127,513 (1)
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Expenditure: $57.6 billion (2,3,4)
Per capita income: $28,930 (1)
U.S. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $178.26

Boston City Population: 667,137
Per Capita Income: $35,728
Income modifier: 1.23
Boston City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $219.26
Boston City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $146,276,459.00

Buffalo County South Dakota (poorest U.S. County) Population: 2,043
Per Capita Income: $11,372
Income modifier: 0.39
Buffalo County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $69.52
Buffalo County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $142,029.36

California State Population: 39,250,017
Per Capita Income: $30,318
Income modifier: 1.05
California State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $187.17
California State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $7,346,426,000.00

Cleveland City, Ohio Population: 388,072
Per Capita Income: $17,537
Income modifier: .61
Cleveland City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $108.74
Cleveland City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $42,198,949.30

Cupertino City, California Population: 60,572
Per Capita Income: $57,948
Income modifier: 2.00
Cupertino City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $356.52
Cupertino City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $21,595,129.40

Florida State Population: 20,612,439
Per Capita Income: $26,499
Income modifier: 0.93
Florida State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $165.78
Florida State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $3,413,130,000.00

Hendersonville City, N.C. Population: 13,814
Per Capita Income: $20,780
Income modifier: .72
Hendersonville City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $128.35
Hendersonville City, N.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,773,026.90

Lane County, Oregon Population: 369,519
Per Capita Income: $24,960
Income modifier: 0.86
Lane County Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $24,960
Lane County Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $56,647,262.70

Los Angeles City Population: 3,971,883
Per Capita Income: $28,761
Income modifier: .99
Los Angeles City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $177.19
Los Angeles City Nuclear Weapons Tax: $703,777,949.00

Los Angeles County Population: 10,137,915
Per Capita Income: $28,337
Income modifier: .98
Los Angeles County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $174.69
Los Angeles County Nuclear Weapons Tax: $1,770,992,000.00

Madison Population: 245,951
Per Capita Income: $32,061
Income modifier: 1.11
Madison per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $197.87
Madison Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $49,259,934.40

Miami (city) Population: 441,003
Per Capita Income: $22,493
Income modifier: 0.77
Miami (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $137.26
Miami (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $60,532,071.80

Milwaukee (city) Population: 600,155
Per Capita Income: $20,018
Income modifier: 0.69
Milwaukee (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $123.00
Milwaukee (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $73,819,065.00

New York City Population: 8,550,405
Per Capita Income: $33,078
Income modifier: 1.14
New York City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $203.22
New York City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,737,613,000.00

Palo Alto, California Population: 66,853
Per Capita Income: $77,419
Income modifier: 2.68
Palo Alto per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $477.74
Palo Alto Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $31,938,352.20

Pennsylvania State Population: 12,784,227
Per Capita Income: $29,291
Income modifier: 1.01
Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $180.04
Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $2,301,672,000.00

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population: 304,391
Per Capita Income: $28,097
Income modifier: 0.97
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $172.91
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $52,632,247.80

Portland City, Oregon Population: 632,309
Per Capita Income: $32,938
Income modifier: 1.14
Portland City Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $203.22
Portland City Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $ 128,497,835.00

Raleigh North Carolina Population: 451,066
Per Capita Income: $31,708
Income modifier: 1.09
Raleigh per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $196.09
Raleigh North Carolina Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $88,449,531.90

San Jose, California Population: 1,026,908
Per Capita Income: $35,811
Income Modifier: 1.24
San Jose per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $221.04
San Jose Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $226,987,744

Santa Barbara County California Population: 446,170
Per Capita Income: $30,589
Income modifier: 1.06
Santa Barbara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $188.95
Santa Barbara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $84,303,821.50

Santa Clara County California Population: 1,919,402
Per Capita Income: $43,880
Income modifier: 1.5
Santa Clara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $267.39
Santa Clara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $513,228,901.00

Seattle Population: 684,451
Per Capita Income: $45,673
Income modifier: 1.89
Seattle per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $336.91
Seattle Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $230,598,386.00

Tampa Population: 369,075
Per Capita Income: $30,269
Income modifier: 1.05
Tampa per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $187.17
Tampa Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $69,079,767.80

Ventura County California Population: 849,738
Per Capita Income: $33,435
Income modifier: 1.15
Ventura County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $182.62
Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $174,196,290.00

Washington D.C. Population: 681,170
Per Capita Income: $47,675
Income modifier: 1.65
Washington D.C. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $294.13
Washington D.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $200,352,532.00

Washington State Population: 7,288,000
Per Capita Income: $31,762
Income modifier: 1.10
Washington State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $196.09
Washington State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditures: $1,429,104.00

Wisconsin State Population: 5,778,708
Per Capita Income: $28,340
Income modifier: 0.98
Wisconsin State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $174.69
Wisconsin State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,009,483,000.00

References
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2015 to 2024
CBO, Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023 pgs 6-7 “Other Nuclear Related Costs”
$11 billion reported for WMD intel and surveillance