Cost of Nuclear Weapons

Each April, Dr. Bob Dodge, of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions and Physicians for Social Responsibility, calculates the cost of nuclear weapons to our communities.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS TAXES FOR APRIL 15, 2014

Total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion.

CALCULATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL OR COMMUNITY COSTS AS FOLLOWS

In 2013, 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 average annual income of $28,051.00

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 $ / $28,051.00 = your modifier

Multiply this amount 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

In Ventura County, the average cost per person was even higher, because Ventura County per capita income, 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 835.981 (source 1)
To determine Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons cost,  multiply $210.60 x 835,981 = $174,907,287.00
Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Community Cost is $176,057,600.00

CALCULATE THE COST TO YOUR COMMUNITY
If you don’t live in Ventura County 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.
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average = 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 $180.00 was obtained by dividing total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion (see sources 2, 3) by the total U.S. population of 316,128,839 (see source 1)

$57,000,000,000.00 ÷ 315,128,839 = $180.00

SOURCES

  1. U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
  2. U.S. ‘2013 Budget – working
  3. Stephen Schwartz- Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities (2009). – Personal Communication.
  4. Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov/site) – “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013

additional sources:
U.S. Department of Defense
Center for Defense Information

Download Nuclear Weapons Cost Calculation 2014 (256).

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 2013 TAX YEAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS Programs COMMUNITY COST

U.S. population: 316,128,839 (1)
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Expenditure: $57,000,000,000 (billion) (2,3,4)
Per capita income: $28,051 (1)
U.S. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $180.00

Cupertino City, California Population: 60,009
Per Capita Income: $51,914
Income modifier: 1.85
Cupertino City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $333.00
Cupertino City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $19,982,997.00

Los Angeles County Population: 9,962,789
Per Capita Income: $27,900
Income modifier: .99
Los Angeles County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $178.20
Los Angeles County Nuclear Weapons Tax: $1,777,369,000.00

Los Angeles City Population: 3,857,799
Per Capita Income: $28,111
Income modifier: 1.00
Los Angeles City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $180.00
Los Angeles City Nuclear Weapons Tax: $694,403,820.00

Palo Alto, California Population: 66,363
Per Capita Income: $79,582
Income modifier: 2.84
Palo Alto per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $511.20
Palo Alto Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $33,924,765.60

Santa Barbara County California Population: 431,249
Per Capita Income: $30,114
Income modifier: 1.07
Santa Barbara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $192.60
Santa Barbara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $83,068,557.40

Santa Clara County California Population: 1,837,504
Per Capita Income: $41,041
Income modifier: 1.46
Santa Clara County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $262.80
Santa Clara County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $482,896,100.00

 San Jose, California Population: 982,765
Per Capita Income: $33,807
Income modifier: 1.21
San Jose per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $217.80
San Jose Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $214,046,2

Ventura County California Population: 835,981
Per Capita Income: $32,826
Income modifier: 1.17
Ventura County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $210.60
Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $176,057,600.00

California State Population: 38,332,521
Per Capita Income: $29,351
Income modifier: 1.05
California State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $189.00
California State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $7,244,484.600.00

 Florida State Population: 19,552,860
Per Capita Income: $26,451
Income modifier: 0.94
California State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $169.20
California State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $3,308,344,000.00

 Miami (city) Population: 413,892
Per Capita Income: $20,886
Income modifier: 0.74
Miami (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $133.20
Miami (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $55,130,414.40

 Tampa Population: 347,645
Per Capita Income: $28,779
Income modifier: 1.03
Tampa per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $183.60
Tampa Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $63,827,622.00

Cleveland City Ohio Population: 390,928
Per Capita Income: $16,812
Income modifier: .6
Cleveland City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $108.00
Cleveland City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $42,220,224.00

Lane County Oregon Population: 354,542
Per Capita Income: $24,127
Income modifier: 0.86
Lane County Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $154.80
Lane County Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $54,883,101.60

Portland City Oregon Population: 603,106
Per Capita Income: $31,249
Income modifier: 1.11
Portland City Oregon per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $199.80
Portland City Oregon Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $ 120,500,600.00

Buffalo County South Dakota (poorest U.S. County) Population: 2020
Per Capita Income: $12,953
Income modifier: 0.46
Buffalo County per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $82.80
Buffalo County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $167,256.00

 Boston City Population: 636,479
Per Capita Income: $33,589
Income modifier: 1.20
Boston City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $216.00
Boston City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $137,479,464.00

New York City Population: 8,336,697
Per Capita Income: $31,661
Income modifier: 1.13
New York City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $203.40
New York City Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,695,684,000.00

 Raleigh North Carolina Population: 423,179
Per Capita Income: $30,306
Income modifier: 1.08
Raleigh per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $194.40
Raleigh North Carolina Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $82,265,997.60

Hendersonville City, N.C. Population: 13,288
Per Capita Income: $21,494
Income modifier: .8
Hendersonville City per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $144.00
Hendersonville City, N.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $1,913,472.00

 Seattle Population: 634,535
Per Capita Income: $42,369
Income modifier: 1.51
Seattle per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $271.80
Seattle Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $172,466,613.00

Washington State Population: 6,971,406
Per Capita Income: $30,661
Income modifier: 1.09
Washington State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $196.20
Washington State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditures: $1,367,790,000.00

Washington D.C. Population: 646,449
Per Capita Income: $45,004
Income modifier: 1.60
Washington D.C. per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $288.00
Washington D.C. Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $186,177,312.00

 Wisconsin State Population: 5,742,713
Per Capita Income: $27,426
Income modifier: 0.9
Wisconsin State per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $162.00
Wisconsin State Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $930,319,506.00

Madison Population: 240,323
Per Capita Income: $31,105
Income modifier: 1.11
Madison per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $199.80
Madison Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $48,016,535.40

Milwaukee (city) Population: 598,916
Per Capita Income: $19,199
Income modifier: 0.68
Milwaukee (city) per capita Nuclear Weapons Tax: $122.40
Milwaukee (city) Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $73,307,318.40

References
1.  U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
2. U.S. ‘2013 Budget – working
3.  Stephen Schwartz- Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities (2009). – Personal Communication.
4. Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov/site) – “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013

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