50 states ranked by amount of active nurses

California contains the most professionally active registered nurses in the U.S. with 337,738 RNs, according to a ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ranking is based on October 2018 data compiled by Redi-Data from state licensing information, website submissions and surveys. The figures count professionally active nurses who work in and outside clinical settings.

In total, nearly 3.4 million professionally active RNs are working in the U.S., according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Here's how each state stacks up:

  1. California —337,738 professionally active RNs
  2. Texas — 262,710
  3. Florida — 248,709
  4. Pennsylvania — 172,837
  5. Ohio — 171,502
  6. Illinois — 156,625
  7. New York — 145,094
  8. Michigan — 125,440
  9. Georgia — 102,154
  10. Massachusetts — 100,806
  11. Indiana — 99,087
  12. New Jersey — 98,631
  13. Virginia — 90,939
  14. Tennessee — 80,104
  15. Missouri — 79,805
  16. Minnesota — 77,381
  17. North Carolina — 72,559
  18. Maryland — 71,615
  19. Alabama — 64,966
  20. Colorado — 58,753
  21. Kentucky — 58,666
  22. Arizona — 55,176
  23. Washington — 47,415
  24. Connecticut — 45,261
  25. Iowa — 43,391
  26. Mississippi — 40,612
  27. Oklahoma — 39,626
  28. South Carolina — 36,792
  29. Arkansas — 35,430
  30. Louisiana — 33,793
  31. Oregon — 31,239
  32. Kansas — 29,047
  33. Wisconsin — 27,856
  34. Nevada — 25,181
  35. Nebraska — 25,155
  36. West Virginia — 22,448
  37. Maine — 20,259
  38. New Mexico — 19,545
  39. Idaho — 18,234
  40. Utah — 14,835
  41. Rhode Island — 13,746
  42. Montana — 13,050
  43. South Dakota — 12,945
  44. New Hampshire — 10,643
  45. North Dakota — 9,167
  46. Delaware — 8,842
  47. Alaska — 7,924
  48. Vermont — 7,801
  49. Wyoming — 2,900
  50. Hawaii — 2,481

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