States spend billions on local homeland security

Dec. 21, 2011

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represent only a fraction of the billions spent to battle terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001. Lawmakers in Washington have shelled out some $34 billion over the last 10 years to state and local law enforcement. This map shows how much each state has raked in by grant program and fiscal year, based on data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security. Click on "per capita spending" to see how the rankings of those who came out on top dramatically shift when a state's population is taken into account.

All years
2002 2011
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Graphic by Michael Corey. Reporting by G.W. Schulz. Research by Tia Ghose.

Grant data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Program descriptions from the Department of Homeland Security, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and Responder Knowledge Base.

*Note: 2011 per capita amounts calculated with 2010 populations, the latest data available from the U.S. Census.

**Note: Dollar amounts under this program may benefit more than one state and are credited toward each state equally in government records, meaning the total for each state does not reflect its exact share and that some money is counted twice in multistate totals for this program. This commonly occurs with grants awarded to major metropolitan areas that cross state lines.