Uncle Sam Owns This Much Of America [Interactive Map]

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Uncle Sam owns nearly one out of every three acres in the United States — 640 million acres of the entire country’s 2.27 billion acres.

But “a picture is worth a thousand words,” according to Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. So, his full committee created an interactive map revealing every acre the federal government owns in each congressional district, color-coded by agency.

Those 640 million acres aren’t enough for the White House and federal bureaucrats, as they’re constantly trying to grab more for environmental reasons, Gohmert says.

“When you control the land, you can control the people that are on the land,” he said Monday at a Heritage Foundation presentation on federal land use.

Uncle Sam’s land ownership is concentrated in the West, although the feds own land in all 50 states. Nevada has the largest proportion of land in federal hands at 84.5 percent, followed by 69 percent in Alaska.

The committee’s interactive map doesn’t include state and local land ownership.

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