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Posted at 1:13 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Where do federal workers live and work?

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 8:20 p.m. ET
There are about 2.06 million federal employees and another 2.5 million federal retirees nationwide, but where are they exactly?

Everywhere -- according to a new report from the Federally Employed Women, a nonprofit group representing more than 1 million military and civilian government workers.

California, the nation's most populous state, is home to 465,912 current and former federal workers, according to FEW. Texas ranked second with 354,133, Virginia was third (307,719), Maryland fourth (296,295), followed by Florida (244,560) and New York (219,044). The District has 209,654 current and former federal employees.

(Peruse the numbers at

Though interesting to read, the numbers serve as a reminder to lawmakers that most feds live well beyond the Beltway. FEW is delivering numbers for each congressional district to each member of Congress to remind them, the group said.

"Every lawmaker has federal workers and retirees who live and work in her/his state and district." said Matthew Fogg, FEW's national vice president for congressional relations. "Therefore, talk of furloughs and layoffs not only greatly disrupt the services that their constituents rely on, but also directly impact their constituents who have dedicated their careers to public service."

Here's a look at the number of feds represented by lawmakers active on federal employee issues:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R): 85,432 current and former feds live in California's 49th Congressional District.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.): 52,765 in Maryland's 7th Congressional District.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I): 33,301 in Connecticut.

Sen. Susan Collins (R), ranking member on the Senate HSGAC: 28,671 across Maine.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R), a vocal critic of government spending and federal employee benefit programs and also a member of HSGAC: 96,153 in the state of Oklahoma.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D), another active HSGAC member: 52,604 across the state of Hawaii.

NOTE: The numbers above for Congressional districts are inflated estimates, because FEW uses Office of Personnel Management and the Bureau of Labor Statistics data that breaks down only to the county level. Because several counties are split into multiple Congressional districts, FEW includes a county's entire active/retired fed totals in each district, even if it doesn't include the entire county.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 13, 2011; 1:13 PM ET
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Your definition of "constituents" is outdated. Today Congressmen only count multimillionaires, CEOs, and corporations as their "constituents".

Posted by: lauther266 | January 13, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

This is a Bogus survey. Nobody has a beef with the majority of MILITARY federal employees (hence the high number in TX) Throw the military out of the equation and I bet a dollar that the remaining Federal PARASITES are clustered around DC like flies on a dog turd.

Posted by: killerm1 | January 13, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, killerm1, guess you live on Mars so you have absolutely NO idea what government employees you just called "parasites" do. Have you heard of police officers, fire fighters, teachers, doctors and nurses? Tell me you don't need these people in your life. Do you expect to get Social Security checks? Cuz, ya know, somebody has to type your effing name on the effing checks. I guess you actually live here on earth, but you're just a hypocrite, which, to me, is worse than parasites.

Posted by: rivegauche | January 13, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

rivegauche, wake up, it's not the 60's anymore. We have direct deposit and all those other occupations you named are not federal employees, unless they're on a military base.

It's time for you to go.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 13, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

rivegauche, wake up, it's not the 60's anymore. We have direct deposit and all those other occupations you named are not federal employees, unless they're on a military base.

It's time for you to go.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 13, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The survey includes current and FORMER federal workers. Military (as others have stated) are included. Remove retirees (who tend to move to warm climates) and military, and I bet these numbers would be a lot higher for Virginia, Maryland, etc.

Posted by: christacooper | January 13, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@ getjiggly1 and...
@ killerm1

I see the same right wingnuts are still at it with you anti govt worker rhetoric and bull sh**. The article is about VOTERS, who are supposedly constituents in Congress districts. Yes, each military base employees thousands, but so do each and every federal building that includes VA and other leased buildings -- TO INCLUDE retirees not in any of them! Another point is that many civ workers on military bases work right with the military. You two couldn't fathom what we do, how we do it, or realize the need to the public's service, support and saftey -- until it is too late!

While GOP drowns the MSM with fed employee negative propaganda... then better start realizing WHO is voting them out next election! (ie. purpose of the article)

Got it now clowns?

Be sure you and all your family and friends return every penny which federal aid assisted them (SS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, College, Home Loan, etc etc)... And NEVER enter a federal building or property for any reason... cause you HATE federal worker and support... Another words -- GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY you bunch of Fascist lunatics!

Posted by: darbyohara | January 14, 2011 6:18 AM | Report abuse

When you go to the few map to see the details, HHS is not listed. Certainly that department is one of the largest employers.

Posted by: marlahrd | January 14, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see what the useless 'crats think of the stinking masses.

darbyohara, it's not your country sucking at the teat of what's left of it. You are a traitor. It is time for you to go.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 14, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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