Feds around the country

When people think of federal employees, they tend to associate them with Washington, D.C. But, did you know most of the civilian federal workforce is located outside the District? States like California (8.3%), Virginia (7.4%), Texas (6.5%) and Maryland (6.5%) house large percentages of federal employees.


There are more federal employees in California than in the District! Approximately 172,000 federal employees work in California. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy are the largest federal employers in California. Other agencies that have a large presence in California are the Department of the Air Force and the Department of the Army.

A view of the San Francisco Bay Area from a federal plane (Source: U.S. Department of State)


About a third of the 152,000 federal employees in Virginia work for the Navy. The Pentagon, the Army and the Department of Commerce employ another third of federal workers in Virginia.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense)


Texas is home to 143,000 federal employees. The Army and the VA are also the largest federal employers in Texas.

Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (image credit: dallassmithblog/wordpress)


The Department of Health and Human Services employs more than 40,000 of Maryland’s 130,000 federal employees. The National Institutes of Health, a sub agency of HHS, is headquartered in Bethesda and makes up a large part of that workforce.

Secretary Price visits the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD (Source: National Institutes of Health)

Feds around the world

Almost 90,000 federal employees work outside the United States in other countries. The U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of State and the DOD are among the large agencies that have the most federal employees overseas. Some federal employees even work from the International Space Station!

An image of the Earth taken from a satellite (Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER)and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. For additional suggestions and resources to participate in Public Service Recognition Week in your agency or community, visit www.psrw.org.

Data from governing.com, opm.gov & fedsmith.com.