Visualizing muniland

May 29, 2014

If you are an investor, an analyst or a taxpayer, finding information about the outstanding debt for a state or a city is a mixed lot. Some issuers, like New York City and Connecticut, do an excellent job of providing information. Massachusetts remains the gold standard. Many other issuers though have out-of-date and incomplete information.

New York City graphs general obligation debt principal and interest repayment. The city has a repayment schedule and $41.9 billion of GO debt outstanding.


Illinois has daily cash tracker that shows how much has come in and gone out of the general fund (with $156 billion in overall debt outstanding):


North Carolina shows weekly general fund receipts and disbursements by line item (with $52 billion in overall debt outstanding):

North Carolina

Ohio does a very good job of explaining what each class of debt represents. The state of Ohio has $104 billion in overall debt outstanding:


California posts a history of its credit ratings (with $541 billion of debt overall outstanding):


Puerto Rico posts credit rating agency reports (with $107 billion in overall debt outstanding):

Puerto Rico

Texas State Comptroller’s Debt at a Glance shows debt loads per municipality or public entity. The state of Texas has $304 billion of debt outstanding:


The state of Massachusetts charts its capital plan over five years (with $93 billion of debt outstanding):


Have you seen any other great debt visualizations? Leave them in the comment section.

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