What Does Two Percent of the U.S. GDP Look Like?

The stimulus bill added 2% to the country’s GDP. How much is that, exactly?


Earlier this month the Obama administration issued its most recent report on how last year’s stimulus bill has impacted the economy. Among the findings was the claim that because of tax cuts and the new spending, the bill increased our gross domestic product–or, all the stuff made and sold and services offered in the U.S.–by 2%. That got us wondering–what could one buy with 2% of the GDP? Here are some answers. What would you buy with $284 billion?

Infographic: Rob Vargas

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