Where are physicians most scarce? Physician supply by state

Emily Rappleye (Twitter | Google+) - Print  | 

The supply of physicians has increased slightly in recent years, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Last year, 271.6 physicians per 100,000 population were actively practicing in the U.S., up from 265.5 in 2014.

However, this supply is not evenly distributed. Massachusetts, for example, boasts 443.5 physicians per 100,000 people. Physicians are comparatively few and far between in Mississippi, where supply totaled 186.1 per 100,000 population in 2016, according to the AAMC.

Here is the supply of active physicians per 100,000 population in 2016, based on AAMC data. States are listed in order of least to greatest physician supply.

  1. Mississippi — 186.1 physicians per 100,000 population (5,562 total physicians)
  2. Idaho — 192.6 physicians per 100,000 population (3,241 total physicians)
  3. Wyoming — 199.0 physicians per 100,000 population (1,165 total physicians)
  4. Nevada — 200.1 physicians per 100,000 population (5,884 total physicians)
  5. Arkansas — 203.7 physicians per 100,000 population (6,088 total physicians)
  6. Oklahoma — 205.3 physicians per 100,000 population (8,057 total physicians)
  7. Utah — 209.4 physicians per 100,000 population (6,389 total physicians)
  8. Iowa — 211.4 physicians per 100,000 population (6,627 total physicians)
  9. Alabama — 212.4 physicians per 100,000 population (10,329 total physicians)
  10. Texas — 219.4 physicians per 100,000 population (61,132 total physicians)
  11. Kansas — 219.4 physicians per 100,000 population (6,380 total physicians)
  12. Georgia — 225.2 physicians per 100,000 population (23,215 total physicians)
  13. Indiana — 226.5 physicians per 100,000 population (15,025 total physicians)
  14. South Carolina — 227.1 physicians per 100,000 population (11,269 total physicians)
  15. Kentucky — 228.9 physicians per 100,000 population (10,158 total physicians)
  16. Montana — 230.3 physicians per 100,000 population (2,401 total physicians)
  17. North Dakota — 232.1 physicians per 100,000 population (1,759 total physicians)
  18. Nebraska — 232.1 physicians per 100,000 population (4,426 total physicians)
  19. South Dakota — 235.5 physicians per 100,000 population (2,038 total physicians)
  20. Arizona — 235.8 physicians per 100,000 population (16,345 total physicians)
  21. New Mexico — 241.4 physicians per 100,000 population (5,023 total physicians)
  22. North Carolina — 249.3 physicians per 100,000 population (25,295 total physicians)
  23. Tennessee — 250.0 physicians per 100,000 population (16,627 total physicians)
  24. Louisiana — 250.7 physicians per 100,000 population (11,737 total physicians)
  25. West Virginia — 255.1 physicians per 100,000 population (4,671 total physicians)
  26. Wisconsin — 260.0 physicians per 100,000 population (15,026 total physicians)
  27. Florida — 260.4 physicians per 100,000 population (53,685 total physicians)
  28. Virginia — 262.4 physicians per 100,000 population (22,072 total physicians)
  29. Alaska — 264.3 physicians per 100,000 population (1,961 total physicians)
  30. Missouri — 267.0 physicians per 100,000 population (16,268 total physicians)
  31. Washington — 269.3 physicians per 100,000 population (19,623 total physicians)
  32. California — 269.8 physicians per 100,000 population (105,907 total physicians)
  33. Delaware — 272.3 physicians per 100,000 population (2,592 total physicians)
  34. Colorado — 278.3 physicians per 100,000 population (15,422 total physicians)
  35. Illinois — 280.6 physicians per 100,000 population (35,927 total physicians)
  36. Michigan — 284.1 physicians per 100,000 population (28,206 total physicians)
  37. Ohio — 289.5 physicians per 100,000 population (33,621 total physicians)
  38. Minnesota — 291.8 physicians per 100,000 population (16,105 total physicians)
  39. Oregon — 294.4 physicians per 100,000 population (12,050 total physicians)
  40. New Jersey — 294.9 physicians per 100,000 population (26,378 total physicians)
  41. Hawaii — 304.5 physicians per 100,000 population (4,350 total physicians)
  42. New Hampshire — 308.1 physicians per 100,000 population (4,113 total physicians)
  43. Pennsylvania — 311.8 physicians per 100,000 population (39,863 total physicians)
  44. Maine — 324.5 physicians per 100,000 population (4,320 total physicians)
  45. Connecticut — 345.1 physicians per 100,000 population (12,341 total physicians)
  46. Rhode Island — 356.9 physicians per 100,000 population (3,770 total physicians)
  47. Vermont — 357.5 physicians per 100,000 population (2,233 total physicians)
  48. New York — 365.1 physicians per 100,000 population (72,095 total physicians)
  49. Maryland — 377.8 physicians per 100,000 population (22,731 total physicians)
  50. Massachusetts — 443.5 physicians per 100,000 population (30,213 total physicians)

 

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