PSR-LA’s Nuclear Weapons Community Costs Program

Total U.S. nuclear weapons programs expenditures for 2017 = .7 billion!

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

In 2017, Los Angeles County spent $1,920,146,524 on nuclear weapons programs, and the city of Los Angeles spent $766,022,289! 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 $1.7 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 2017, or contact us and we’ll crunch the numbers for you!

Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
California State
Cleveland, Ohio
Colorado State
Cupertino City, California
Des Moines City, Iowa
Florida
Hendersonville City, N.C.
Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa State
Ithaca, N.Y
Johnson County, Iowa
Lane County, Oregon
Leon County, Florida
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles City
Madison, Wisconsin
Maryland State
Miami, Florida
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New Mexico State
New York City
Ojai, California
Palo Alto, California
Pennsylvania State
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland City, Oregon
Raleigh North Carolina
Sacramento County California
Santa Barbara County California
Santa Clara City California
San Jose, California
San Francisco County, California
Seattle, Washington
Takoma Park, Maryland
Tampa, Florida
Ventura County California
Vermont State
Wisconsin State
Washington D.C.
Washington 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 2017, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States, was $192.33. This is based on a national per capita average annual income of $29,829.

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 $ / $29,829.00 = your modifier
Multiply this modifier by $192.33 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year.
Your modifier x $192.33 = Your Nuclear Weapons Tax Contribution

CALCULATE THE COST TO YOUR COMMUNITY
You can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:
$192.33 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 ($29,829.00).
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average ($29,829.00) = pcim for your county. Population figures for your community can also be found in source 1

Sources

  1. U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045216/0617610
  2. Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2015 to 2024 https://www.cbo.gov/publication/49870
  3. CBO, Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023 pgs 6-7 “Other Nuclear Related Costs” https://www.cbo.gov/publication/44968
  4. DOE Appropriations Act 2018
    goo.gl/CWUvkR
  5. $11 billion reported for WMD intel and surveillance
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/black-budget/

2017 TAX YEAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS COMMUNITY COST

U.S. population: 325,719,178 (1)
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Expenditure: $62.7 billion (2,3,4,5)
Per capita income: $29,829 (1)
U.S. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $192.33

Baltimore, Maryland: 614,664
Per Capita Income: $27,129
Income modifier: 0.91
Baltimore per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $175.02
Baltimore Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $107,517,684

Boston City Population: 673,184
Per Capita Income: $37,288
Income modifier: 1.25
Boston City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $240.41
Boston City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $161,849,444

California State Population: 39,536,653
Per Capita Income: $31,458
Income modifier: 1.05
California State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $201.95
California State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $8,019,353,291

Cleveland City, Ohio Population: 385,809
Per Capita Income: $18,003
Income modifier: .60
Cleveland City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $115.40
Cleveland City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $44,784,278

Colorado State Population: 5,607,154
Per Capita Income: $33,230
Income modifier: 1.11
Colorado State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $213.49
Colorado State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,201,382,117

Cupertino City, California Population: 60,643
Per Capita Income: $60,643
Income modifier: 2.01
Cupertino City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $386.58
Cupertino City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $23,476,303

Des Moines City, Iowa: 215,472
Per Capita Income: $25,437
Income modifier: 0.85
Des Moines per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $163.48
Des Moines Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $35,339,880

Florida State Population: 20,984,400
Per Capita Income: $27,598
Income modifier: 0.93
Florida State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $178.87
Florida State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $3,734,070,419

Hendersonville City, N.C. Population: 13,840
Per Capita Income: $22,510
Income modifier: .75
Hendersonville City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $144.25
Hendersonville City, N.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $2,008,722

Iowa City, Iowa: 74,398
Per Capita Income: $28,872
Income modifier: 0.92
Iowa City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $176.94
Iowa City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $13,158,167.

Iowa State: 3,145,711
Per Capita Income: $28,872
Income modifier: 0.97
Iowa State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $186.56
Iowa State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $585,603,991

Ithaca, N.Y Population: 30,756
Per Capita Income: $17,371
Per Capita Income Modifier: 0.58
Ithaca per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $111.55
Ithaca Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $3,444,792

Johnson County, Iowa: 149,210
Per Capita Income: $31,981
Income modifier: 1.07
Johnson County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $205.79
Johnson County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $30,767,392

Lane County, Oregon Population: 374,748
Per Capita Income: $25,612
Income modifier: 0.86
Lane County Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $165.40
Lane County Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $61,885,821

Leon County, Florida Population: 290,292
Per Capita Income: $27,190
Income modifier: 0.91
Leon County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $164.00
Leon County, Florida Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $50,892,363

Los Angeles County Population: 10,163,507
Per Capita Income: $29,301
Income modifier: .98
Los Angeles County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $188.48
Los Angeles County Nuclear Weapons Tax: $1,920,146,524

Los Angeles City Population: 3,976,322
Per Capita Income: $29,878
Income modifier: 1.0
Los Angeles City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $192.33
Los Angeles City Nuclear Weapons Tax: $766,022,289

Madison Population: 252,551
Per Capita Income: $33,215
Income modifier: 1.11
Madison per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $213.49
Madison Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $54,086,850

Maryland State: 6,052,177
Per Capita Income: $37,756
Income modifier: 1.27
Maryland State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $244.26
Maryland State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,473,350,028

Miami (city) Population: 453,579
Per Capita Income: $23,498
Income modifier: 0.79
Miami (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $151.94
Miami (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $68,721,428

Milwaukee (city) Population: 595,047
Per Capita Income: $20,630
Income modifier: 0.69
Milwaukee (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $132.71
Milwaukee (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $79,151,443

New Mexico State Population: 2,088,070
Per Capita Income: $24,459
Income modifier: .82
New Mexico State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $122.80
New Mexico State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $329,300,271

New York City Population: 8,537,673
Per Capita Income: $33,099
Income modifier: 1.14
New York City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $219.26
New York City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,877,109,023

Ojai City Population: 7,585
Per Capita Income: $38,215
Income modifier: 1.28
Ojai City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $246.18
Ojai City Nuclear Weapons Tax: $1,868,950

Palo Alto, California Population: 67,024
Per Capita Income: $78,721
Income modifier: 2.64
Palo Alto per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $507.51
Palo Alto Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $34,019,606

Pennsylvania State Population: 12,805,537
Per Capita Income: $30,137
Income modifier: 1.01
Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $194,25
Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $2,488,319,545

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population: 303,625
Per Capita Income: $28,872
Income modifier: 0.98
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $188.48
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $57,156,973

Portland City, Oregon Population: 639,863
Per Capita Income: $34,778
Income modifier: 1.17
Portland City Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $225.03
Portland City Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $ 143,482,831

Raleigh North Carolina Population: 458,880
Per Capita Income: $33,682
Income modifier: 1.13
Raleigh per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $217.33
Raleigh North Carolina Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $99,656,433

Sacramento County California Population: 1,530,615
Per Capita Income: $28,192
Income modifier: .94
Sacramento County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $181.77
Sacramento County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $278,227,587

Santa Barbara County California Population: 448,150
Per Capita Income: $31,098
Income modifier: 1.04
Santa Barbara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $200.02
Santa Barbara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $89,859,541.

Santa Clara City California Population: 125,948 Per Capita Income: $44,843 Income modifier: 1.5 Santa Clara City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $288.49 Santa Clara City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $36,416,170

San Jose, California Population: 1,025,350
Per Capita Income: $37845 Income modifier: 1.27 San Jose per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $244.26 San Jose Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $250,200,966

San Francisco Co., California Population: 884,363
Per Capita Income: $55,567
Income modifier: 1.86
San Francisco Co. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $357.73
San Francisco Co. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $316,851,562

Seattle Population: 704,352
Per Capita Income: $48,686
Income modifier: 1.63
Seattle per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $313.50
Seattle Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $221,106,843

Takoma Park City Population: 17,765
Per Capita Income: $41,141
Income modifier: 1.38
Takoma Park City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $265.41
Takoma Park City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $4,712,468

Tampa Population: 377,165
Per Capita Income: $31,605
Income modifier: 1.06
Tampa per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $203.87
Tampa Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $76,859,139

Ventura County California Population: 854,223
Per Capita Income: $34,331
Income modifier: 1.15
Ventura County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $221.18
Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $189,088,907

Vermont State Population: 623,657
Per Capita Income: $30,663
Income modifier: 1.03
Vermont State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $198.10
Vermont State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditures: $123,301,620

Wisconsin State Population: 5,795,483
Per Capita Income: $29,253
Income modifier: 0.98
Wisconsin State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $188.48
Wisconsin State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,093,121,371

Washington D.C. Population: 681,170
Per Capita Income: $48,781
Income modifier: 1.64
Washington D.C. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $294.13
Washington D.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $214,246,901

Washington State Population: 7,405,743
Per Capita Income: $32,999
Income modifier: 1.11
Washington State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $213.49
Washington State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditures: $1,575,715,305