15 Government-Heavy (and Recession-Resistant) Cities

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Alexandria, Va.

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J. ALEX COONEY FOR USN&WR

Alexandria is less than a half-hour commute from Washington, which makes it a major bedroom community for federal government employees. It's part of Northern Virginia, an area with a population of 2.5 million, a large portion of the entire Washington, D.C. metro area in which 226,600 people work in government jobs.

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