According to the American Community Survey, 3,682,264 workers or 2.4% of Americans, are employed by the federal government. Like any demographic trait though the results can vary a great deal by region and state. The visualization below shows what states have the highest proportion of the population that are federal workers.
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The data used in this visualization is compiled by the US Census Bureau which produces the American Community Survey. I used the 2015,One Year Estimates from Table S2408, which can be found at American FactFinder. I used Excel to clean the data and Tableau to create the visualization. It is worth pointing out that the graphic shows where the workers live and not where they work.
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