Nuclear Weapons Community Costs 2014


WEAPONS PROGRAMS TAXES FOR APRIL 15, 2015

Total U.S. nuclear weapons programs expenditures of $56.3 billion

cost project In 2014, Los Angeles County spent $1,785,041,517.60 on nuclear weapons programs, and the city of Los Angeles spent $692,183,507.40! 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.

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 2014, 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, Washington</a
Tampa, 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 2014, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States, was $180.00. This is based on a national per capita average annual income of $28,155.00

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 $ / $28,155.00 = your modifier
Multiply this modifier by $180.00 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year.
Your modifier x $180.00 = Your Nuclear Weapons Tax Contribution

COMMUNITY TAX CONTRIBUTION
Example: In Ventura County, the average cost per person was even higher, because Ventura County per capita income ($39,320), hence tax contribution, is higher than the national average.
The per capita income multiplier (pcim) for Ventura County is 1.17
(see source 1 below)
1.17 x $180.00 = $210.60 per person
The population of Ventura County is 839,360 (source 1)
To determine Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons cost,
multiply $210.60 x 839,369 = $176,769,216.00
Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Community Cost is $176,769,216.00

CALCULATE THE COST TO YOUR COMMUNITY
You can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:
$180.00 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 ($28,155).
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average ($28,155) = 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 $175.75 was obtained by dividing total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $56.3 billion (see sources 2, 3) by the total U.S. population of 318,857,056 (see source 1)
$56,300,000,000.00 ÷ 318,857,056 = $180.00

SOURCES
1. U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts (http://www.census.gov/quickfacts)
2. Congressional Budget Office – “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013 (http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/12-19-2013-NuclearForces.pdf)
3. Congressional Budge Office — “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces 2015-2024” – Report Jan. 2015
(http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49870-NuclearForces.pdf)

2014 TAX YEAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS COMMUNITY COST

U.S. population: 318,857,056 (1)
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Expenditure: $57,300,000,000 (billion) (2,3,4)
Per capita income: $28,155 (1)
U.S. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $180.00

Boston City Population: 645,966
Per Capita Income: $33,964
Income modifier: 1.21
Boston City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $217.80
Boston City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $140,691,394.80

Buffalo County South Dakota (poorest U.S. County) Population: 2024
Per Capita Income: $11,405
Income modifier: 0.40
Buffalo County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $72.91
Buffalo County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $147,569.84

California State Population: 38,802,500
Per Capita Income: $29,527
Income modifier: 1.05
California State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $189.00
California State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $7,333,672,500.00

Cleveland City Ohio Population: 390,113
Per Capita Income: $16,992
Income modifier: .6
Cleveland City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $108.00
Cleveland City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $42,132,204.00

Cupertino City, California Population: 60,189
Per Capita Income: $53,941
Income modifier: 1.92
Cupertino City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $345.60
Cupertino City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $120,801,318.40

Florida State Population: 19,893,297
Per Capita Income: $26,236
Income modifier: 0.94
Florida State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $169.20
Florida State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $3,366,945,852.40

Hendersonville City, N.C. Population: 13,466
Per Capita Income: $21,210
Income modifier: .75
Hendersonville City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $135.00
Hendersonville City, N.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,817,910.00

Lane County Oregon Population: 356,212
Per Capita Income: $24,224
Income modifier: 0.86
Lane County Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $154.80
Lane County Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $55,141,617.60

Los Angeles City Population: 3,884,307
Per Capita Income: $27,829
Income modifier: .99
Los Angeles City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $178.20
Los Angeles City Nuclear Weapons Tax: $692,183,507.40

Los Angeles County Population: 10,017,068
Per Capita Income: $27,749
Income modifier: .99
Los Angeles County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $178.20
Los Angeles County Nuclear Weapons Tax: $1,785,041,517.60

Madison, Wisconsin Population: 243,344
Per Capita Income: $31,322
Income modifier: 1.12
Madison per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $201.60
Madison Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $49,058,150.40

Miami, Florida Population: 417,650
Per Capita Income: $21,120
Income modifier: 0.75
Miami (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $135.00
Miami (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $56,382,750.00

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Population: 599,164
Per Capita Income: $19,229
Income modifier: 0.68
Milwaukee (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $122.40
Milwaukee (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $73,337,673.60

New York City Population: 8,405,837
Per Capita Income: $33,964
Income modifier: 1.21
New York City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $205.20
New York City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,724,872,752.40

Palo Alto, California Population: 66,642
Per Capita Income: $73,329
Income modifier: 2.61
Palo Alto per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $469.80
Palo Alto Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $31,308,411.60

Pennsylvania State Population: 12,787,209
Per Capita Income: $28,502
Income modifier: 1.01
Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $181.80
Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $2,324,714,596.20

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Population: 305,841
Per Capita Income: $26,892
Income modifier: 0.955
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $171.90
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $52,574,067.90

Portland City Oregon Population: 609,456
Per Capita Income: $31,839
Income modifier: 1.13
Portland City Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $203.40
Portland City Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $ 123,963,350.40

Raleigh North Carolina Population: 431,746
Per Capita Income: $30,470
Income modifier: 1.08
Raleigh per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $194.40
Raleigh North Carolina Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $83,931,422.40

San Jose, California Population: 998,537
Per Capita Income: $34,025
Income modifier: 1.21
San Jose per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $217.80
San Jose Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $217,481,358.60

Santa Barbara County California Population: 435,697
Per Capita Income: $30,352
Income modifier: 1.08
Santa Barbara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $194.40
Santa Barbara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $84,699.496.80

Santa Clara County California Population: 1,862,041
Per Capita Income: $41,513
Income modifier: 1.46
Santa Clara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $262.80
Santa Clara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $496,792,538.80

Seattle Population: 652,405
Per Capita Income: $43,237
Income modifier: 1.53
Seattle per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $275.40
Seattle Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $179,672,337.00

Tampa Population: 352,957
Per Capita Income: $29,009
Income modifier: 1.03
Tampa per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $185.46
Tampa Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $65,459,405.22

Ventura County California Population: 839,360
Per Capita Income: $39,320
Income modifier: 1.17
Ventura County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $210.60
Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $176,769,216.00

Washington D.C. Population: 646,449
Per Capita Income: $45,290
Income modifier: 1.61
Washington D.C. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $289.90
Washington D.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $187,340,920.20

Washington State Population: 7,061,530
Per Capita Income: $30,742
Income modifier: 1.09
Washington State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $196.20
Washington State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditures: $1,385,472,186.00

Wisconsin State Population: 5,757,564
Per Capita Income: $27,523
Income modifier: 0.98
Wisconsin State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $176.40
Wisconsin State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,015,634,289.60

References
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
U.S. ‘2015 Budget – working
Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov/site) – “Projected Costs of
U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013