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Most Lawyers by State

Below are the states (& DC) ranked by the number of lawyers per capita. Not surprisingly, DC ranks as the most densely concentrated population of lawyers having 1,356% more lawyers per captia than New York. North Dakota ranks last in per capita lawyers with a mere 4.4 per 10,000 residents.

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  • Rank State Lawyers per
    10,000 Residents1
    Region
    1 District of Columbia 276.7 East
    2 New York 20.4 East
    3 Delaware 18.0 East
    4 Massachusetts 14.5 East
    5 Connecticut 14.3 East
    6 Illinois 14.0 Midwest
    7 Colorado 13.0 West
    8 Georgia 12.0 South
    9 Pennsylvania 11.9 East
    10 Florida 11.7 Southeast
    10 New Jersey 11.7 East
    12 Minnesota 11.2 Midwest
    13 Louisiana 11.1 South
    14 California 10.9 West
    14 Missouri 10.9 Midwest
    16 Nevada 10.4 West
    17 Hawaii 9.5 Pacific
    17 Texas 9.5 Southwest
    17 Virginia 9.5 East
    20 Alabama 9.4 South
    20 Maryland 9.4 East
    22 Rhode Island 9.1 East
    22 Utah 9.1 West
    24 Maine 9.0 Northeast
    25 West Virginia 8.8 Midwest
    26 Washington 8.7 Northwest
    27 Ohio 8.6 Midwest
    28 Montana 8.5 West
    29 South Carolina 8.4 Southeast
    30 Nebraska 8.3 Midwest
    30 Wyoming 8.3 West
    32 North Carolina 8.2 Southeast
    32 Tennessee 8.2 South
    32 Vermont 8.2 Northeast
    35 Oklahoma 8.1 Midwest
    36 Alaska 8.0 Northwest
    36 Arizona 8.0 West
    38 Oregon 7.9 Northwest
    39 Michigan 7.8 Midwest
    40 New Hampshire 7.7 Northeast
    41 Mississippi 7.6 South
    42 Kentucky 7.1 Midwest
    43 Indiana 6.9 Midwest
    43 New Mexico 6.9 West
    45 Wisconsin 6.8 Midwest
    46 Iowa 6.2 Midwest
    47 Idaho 6.1 West
    48 Kansas 5.8 Midwest
    48 South Dakota 5.8 Midwest
    50 Arkansas 5.3 South
    51 North Dakota 4.4 Midwest
    1 Based on the population from the 2000 US Census and information available on Martindale-Hubbell as of February 13, 2007.
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