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The town with the most government workers in each US state



The federal government shutdown has gone on for over a month, with no clear end in sight.

The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the US population. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about people’s employment status.

Using the ACS estimates from 2013 to 2017 for places with at least 1,000 employed people over the age of 16, excluding college campuses and military bases, Business Insider made a map showing the town in each state with the highest share of employees working for the local, state, or federal government.

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Even after excluding college campuses, many of the remaining places with high shares of government employment are still home to large public universities, like West Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University, and East Lansing, Michigan, home of Michigan State University.

This is not overly surprising, as universities are often big employers in their home towns, and most employees of public universities are formally employed by their state governments.

This table shows the town with the highest share of employed residents over the age of 16 who work in government:

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

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