2024 Tax Calculator

Every April, Dr. Bob Dodge, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), calculates the full cost of all nuclear weapons programs to our communities. PSR-LA is Coalition Partner of Back from the Brink.

For FY 2024 (Tax Year 2023), the total U.S. Nuclear Weapons Programs expenditure was $94,485,000,000! These are tax dollars much better spent on human needs. Now more than ever, we must change our national priorities and invest in critical needs for our survival, not deadly weapons that must never be used. You can also learn how to calculate costs for your community, see resources and references, and learn more about the project below.

CALCULATE YOUR COMMUNTY COSTS

RESOURCES AND REFERENCES

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Here is a table with 2024 tax costs for major cities throughout the United States:

CITY STATE NAE POP PCI FI PCIM PCNT NE
United States282.12334,914,89541,26141,2611282.12$94,485,000,000
ArizonaAZ282.127,431,34438,33441,2610.93262.11$1,947,805,688
TucsonAZ282.12546,57429,00941,2610.7198.35$108,411,625
CaliforniaCA282.1238,965,19345,59141,2611.1311.73$12,146,469,829
Butte CountyCA282.12207,17236,37441,2610.88248.71$51,524,792
CupertinoCA282.1257,85699,13841,2612.4677.85$39,217,751
Los AngelesCA282.123,822,23843,52741,2611.05297.61$1,137,550,242
Los Angeles CountyCA282.129,663,34541,84741,2611.01286.13$2,764,941,454
OjaiCA282.127,54053,66341,2611.3366.92$2,766,562
OxnardCA282.12200,41528,84541,2610.7197.23$39,527,095
Palo AltoCA282.1266,010117,47641,2612.85803.24$53,021,622
Sacramento CountyCA282.121,584,28839,76341,2610.96271.88$430,732,262
San BuenaventuraCA282.12109,52746,56241,2611.13318.37$34,869,598
San Diego CountyCA282.123,269,97346,95741,2611.14321.07$1,049,877,517
San Francisco CountyCA282.12808,98886,18641,2612.09589.29$476,730,492
Santa Barbara CountyCA282.12441,25744,63541,2611.08305.19$134,667,027
Santa Clara CountyCA282.121,877,59273,01741,2611.77499.25$937,387,887
San JoseCA282.12971,23359,91341,2611.45409.65$397,867,644
Santa MonicaCA282.1289,94786,88841,2612.11594.09$53,436,820
Ventura CountyCA282.12829,59045,84641,2611.11313.47$260,051,333
ColoradoCO282.125,877,61047,34641,2611.15323.73$1,902,734,467
Colorado SpringsCO282.12486,24841,84941,2611.01286.14$139,135,207
Denver CountyCO282.12716,57756,38141,2611.37385.5$276,242,035
EagleCO282.1254,38155,00741,2611.33376.11$20,453,106
FloridaFL282.1222,610,72638,85041,2610.94265.63$6,006,198,154
JacksonvilleFL282.12971,31935,87041,2610.87245.26$238,225,028
Leon CountyFL282.12296,91336,82341,2610.89251.78$74,755,389
MiamiFL282.12449,51439,05541,2610.95267.04$120,036,684
St. PetersburgFL282.12261,25646,75541,2611.13319.68$83,519,611
TampaFL282.12398,17345,58641,2611.1311.69$124,107,326
GeorgiaGA282.1211,029,22737,83641,2610.92258.7$2,853,280,169
IllinoisIL282.1212,549,68943,19841,2611.05295.36$3,706,728,093
ChicagoIL282.122,665,03945,84041,2611.11313.43$835,299,658
Iowa StateIA282.123,207,00437,94941,2610.92259.47$832,135,335
Des MoinesIA282.12211,03434,34741,2610.83234.85$49,560,464
Iowa CityIA282.1275,23334,82041,2610.84238.08$17,911,472
Johnson CountyIA282.12157,52842,17541,2611.02288.37$45,426,259
KansasKS282.122,940,54638,10841,2610.92260.56$766,193,141
MaineME282.121,395,72239,71841,2610.96271.57$379,035,966
PortlandME282.1268,42448,80641,2611.18333.71$22,833,674
MarylandMD282.126,180,25349,86541,2611.21340.95$2,107,153,643
BaltimoreMD282.12569,93137,84541,2610.92258.76$147,477,211
EllicottMD282.1275,94766,02941,2611.6451.47$34,287,788
MassachusettsMA282.127,001,39953,51341,2611.3365.89$2,561,758,894
BostonMA282.12650,70655,94941,2611.36382.55$248,926,576
NorthamptonMA282.1229,32749,67941,2611.2339.68$9,961,726
Navajo Nation (Res)*NAVAJO282.1215,11041,2610.37103.31$0
MichiganMI282.1210,037,26137,92941,2610.92259.34$2,603,039,365
FlintMI282.1279,85420,55941,2610.5140.57$11,225,166
MississippiMS282.122,939,69029,20941,2610.71199.72$587,100,364
JacksonMS282.12145,99525,41341,2610.62173.76$25,368,106
MissouriMO282.126,196,15636,75441,2610.89251.3$1,557,116,405
New HampshireNH282.121,402,05448,25041,2611.17329.91$462,547,336
New MexicoNM282.122,114,37132,66741,2610.79223.36$472,263,707
New York StateNY282.1219,571,21647,17341,2611.14322.54$6,312,558,740
IthacaNY282.1232,87028,56641,2610.69195.32$6,420,122
Kings CountyNY282.122,561,22543,16541,2611.05295.14$755,916,114
New York CityNY282.128,335,89748,06641,2611.16328.65$2,739,582,906
North CarolinaNC282.1210,835,49137,64141,2610.91257.37$2,788,713,341
RaleighNC282.12476,58747,25741,2611.15323.12$153,993,527
HendersonvilleNC282.1215,32138,31841,2610.93262$4,014,062
ClevelandOH282.12361,60726,04041,2610.63178.05$64,383,108
OregonOR282.124,233,35841,80541,2611.01285.84$1,210,061,241
BeavertonOR282.1297,05348,11941,2611.17329.01$31,931,527
CorvallisOR282.1260,95636,17241,2610.88247.32$15,075,895
EugeneOR282.12177,92339,08141,2610.95267.21$47,543,581
Hood RiverOR282.128,35245,64241,2611.11312.07$2,606,449
Lane CountyOR282.12381,18136,77641,2610.89251.45$95,849,502
MilwaukieOR282.1221,37544,97341,2611.09307.5$6,572,826
PortlandOR282.12636,06752,57741,2611.27359.49$228,661,365
PennsyvaniaPA282.1212,961,68341,23441,2611281.94$3,654,357,137
PhiladelphiaPA282.121,567,25835,55341,2610.86243.09$380,987,629
PittsburghPA282.12302,89841,14641,2611281.33$85,215,413
South CarolinaSC282.125,373,55536,07241,2610.87246.64$1,325,336,158
South DakotaSD282.12919,31836,85041,2610.89251.96$231,631,373
Buffalo CountySD282.121,88413,73141,2610.3393.89$176,879
TennesseeTN282.127,126,48936,04041,2610.87246.42$1,756,121,368
TexasTX282.1230,503,30137,51441,2610.91256.5$7,824,099,057
UtahUT282.123,417,73437,02341,2610.9253.14$865,175,060
Salt Lake CityUT282.12204,65746,97241,2611.14321.17$65,729,417
Vermont VT282.12647,46441,68041,2611.01284.98$184,517,458
VirginiaVA282.128,715,69847,21041,2611.14322.8$2,813,392,334
Washington DCDC282.12678,97271,29741,2611.73487.49$330,991,809
WashingtonWA282.127,812,88048,68541,2611.18332.88$2,600,761,060
SeattleWA282.12749,25677,61641,2611.88530.7$397,626,767
West VirginiaWV282.121,770,07131,46241,2610.76215.12$380,777,378
Wisconsin StateWI282.125,910,95540,13041,2610.97274.39$1,621,888,292
MadisonWI282.12272,90346,65241,2611.13318.98$87,050,787
MilwaukeeWI282.12563,30528,07941,2610.68191.99$108,148,218

CALCULATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL OR COMMUNITY NUCLEAR WEAPONS COST

In 2024, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every individual in the United States was $282.12. This is based on a national per capita average annual income of $41,261. 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 $ / $41,261 = your modifier. Multiply this modifier by $282.12 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year. 

You can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:

$281.12 X pcim X your population = community cost. To determine pcim (per capita income multiplier) for your community, refer to source 7 listed below. Find per capita income for your community, divide by national per capita income ($41,261) – i.e. average per capita income in your community divided by national per capita average ($41,261) = pcim for your community. Population figures for your community can also be found in source 7. If you need help calculating the cost for your community, please reach out to PSR-LA’s Director of Energy Justice Alex Jasset at ajasset@psr-la.org.

FY 2024 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COST RESOURCES

  1. FY ‘ 24 DOE/NNSA – $32.945 Billion – atomic energy defense activities and defense environmental cleanup. See Bill Summary Energy and Water Development FY 2024 Appropriations Bill Included (highlights): -$19.108 Billion weapons activities – $2.58 Billion Nuclear non-proliferation – $7.28 Billion environmental cleanup/legacy
  2. FY ’23 DOD nuclear weapons spending – $37.7 Billion – DOD 2024 Budget Request page 8 and the Arms Control Association FY 2024 Defense Budget Request Briefing Book Fact Sheet
  3. FY ’23 Missile Defeat & Defense – $23.84 Billion* – Arms Control Association FY 2024 Defense Budget Request Briefing Book Fact Sheet ACA uses $29.8 Billion as does the DOD and DOD Comptroller –  pg 8 with the statement: “U.S. nuclear weapons deter aggression, assure allies and partners, and allow us to achieve Presidential objectives if deterrence fails.” Nuclear Posture Review. *Our figure represents a proration of budget of the MDA (Missile Defense Agency – FY ’24: $10.9 Billion) and the U.S. Space Force – FY ’24: $29 Billion) budgets allowing for “dual” mission purposes.
  4. FY ’23 – NC3 (Nuclear Communications, Command & Control) – included in $37.7 Billion DOD funds
  5. FY ’24 CTR (Cooperative Threat Reduction) – $351 Million – included in $32.945 DOE funds
  6. FY ’23 DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) – $984 Million – DOD Comptroller Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  7. US Census

Not included in calculation: FY ‘ 24 – Nuclear Black Budget and FY ‘ 24 RECA

ABOUT PSR-LA’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS COST PROGRAM

Nuclear weapons threaten us every moment of every day. While most reasonable individuals recognize that these weapons cannot and must not ever be used, approximately 12,119 weapons remain in the nuclear arsenals of the world. We also know that the use of even a tiny fraction (<1/2%) of these weapons over a single populated region would cause catastrophic climate change resulting in a global famine putting potentially 2 billion people at risk. These weapons also threaten us by robbing our communities of precious resources that could be redirected to the many needs that our communities cry out for.

This Nuclear Weapons Cost Program, now in its 35th year, attempts to determine the full cost of all nuclear weapons programs to our communities. There have been many excellent calculations of portions of our nuclear weapons costs, including the ICAN report on global costs. These reports deal primarily with the cost of warheads and delivery systems and development alone in an attempt to compare one nation to another. In our report, we include verifiable costs of all nuclear programs that would not be spent if nuclear weapons did not exist. These include funding the nuclear missile defense system, environmental cleanup, and legacy programs dealing with communities that have been contaminated by the mining, development, testing, and stockpiling of these weapons. Also included is nuclear nonproliferation funding and funding to safeguard and sequester nuclear weapons in Russia and the former Soviet Union States.

Determining the full cost of U.S. nuclear weapons programs is a tedious process as the United States is not fully transparent in these figures. We have chosen to list only figures that we can provide reference to. There are other reports that estimate the forecast to be much higher, including “Warheads to Windmills: How to Pay for a Green New Deal.” In 2013, with the release of the “Black Budget” by Edward Snowden, it was estimated that there were some $9 billion in “top secret” nuclear operations that were never publicly released. That year the U.S. “Black Budget” was $52.6 Billion. This year’s U.S. Intelligence Committee “Black Budget” is in excess of $99.6 Billion. While likely still being funded it has become impossible to track nuclear expenditures, and thus, there is no inclusion herein. 

This fiscal year finds our nation moving beyond the years of the global COVID-19 pandemic facing years of infrastructure neglect across our nation, often in economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color. The very existence of nuclear weapons and programs is an economic, environmental, social, and racial justice issue. As our country struggles with these realities, it is our hope that this project will provide assistance to communities across our nation attempting to address these inequities together. 

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