Special Report

How Much Land the Government Owns in Every State and What It's Used For

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35. Alabama
> Pct. of land owned by federal gov’t: 2.7%
> Federal land acreage: 867,360 of 32.7 million
> Leading agency: Forest Service (670,527 acres)
> Federal gov’t as pct. of workforce: 2.6%

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34. Maryland
> Pct. of land owned by federal gov’t: 3.1%
> Federal land acreage: 192,948 of 6.3 million
> Leading agency: Department of Defense (102,157 acres)
> Federal gov’t as pct. of workforce: 5.3%

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33. Missouri
> Pct. of land owned by federal gov’t: 3.7%
> Federal land acreage: 1.6 million of 44.2 million
> Leading agency: Forest Service (1.5 million acres)
> Federal gov’t as pct. of workforce: 1.9%

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32. New Jersey
> Pct. of land owned by federal gov’t: 3.7%
> Federal land acreage: 179,792 of 4.8 million
> Leading agency: Fish and Wildlife Service (73,106 acres)
> Federal gov’t as pct. of workforce: 1.2%

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31. North Dakota
> Pct. of land owned by federal gov’t: 3.9%
> Federal land acreage: 1.7 million of 44.5 million
> Leading agency: Forest Service (1.1 million acres)
> Federal gov’t as pct. of workforce: 2.1%

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