Serving the American People: A State By State Look

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A state-by-state map of the United States

Serving the American People: A State By State Look

How does the U.S. Department of State benefit American communities here at home?

The Department of State serves the American people by executing the Administration’s foreign policy priorities, advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing passport and visa services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world -- and all for a very small amount of the Federal budget.

The Department of State also directly benefits the American taxpayers here at home in many ways – from expanding job growth and stimulating local economic activity, to issuing passports, to promoting cross-cultural awareness through student and professional exchange programs, to partnering on combating the opioid crisis – State Department programs have been benefitting Americans for decades.

The Office of Public Engagement created the “State by State map” in 2014 to help Americans understand the benefits of State Department programs and services to U.S. taxpayers. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our society, and defend and advance our country’s interests and values -- the map represents just some of the direct impacts State Department programs have in American communities.

The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates millions of jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States.

  • Clicking on Kansas shows that goods exports of $11.37 billion (2017) support approximately 60,121 Kansan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Kansas supports an additional 57,600 jobs (2015). Additionally, 10,231 international higher education students studied abroad in Kansas in academic year 2016-17 and 128,895 U.S. passports were issued to residents of Kansas in 2017. 
  • Clicking on California shows that goods exports of $171.9 billion (2017) support approximately 683,772 Californian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into California supports an additional 715,800 jobs (2015). In the 2016-17 academic year, 156,879 international higher education students studied abroad in California and 1,669 exchange visitors from overseas visited California.

Another example, the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement has more than 110 partners across 24 U.S. states working on programs to facilitate training and exchanges with foreign countries that draws on American expertise to combat crime, corruption, and narcotics trafficking abroad, and to develop trustworthy justice systems.

How does the State Department impact your home state?  View the map to learn more!

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About the Author: Rainy Young serves as Director of the Office of Public Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.