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How Many Nurse Practitioners are There in the U.S. – State Wise Data


Written By: Kasee Wiesen DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are becoming a staple in healthcare delivery to people across the United States. In fact, Americans make more than 1.06 billion visits to NPs every year. This may have you wondering exactly how many nurse practitioners are there in the U.S.? As of May 2020, there are 211,280 practicing NPs in the United States, and the total number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. is only expected to grow. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2020 and 2030, there is a projected 52% growth in new employment of NPs. The growth of NPs is great—especially with the current physician shortage. The American Association of Medical Colleges predicts that by 2034 there will be a shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians in primary and specialty settings. Nurse practitioners will be able to work alongside physicians to ensure patients' healthcare needs are met.


How Many Nurse Practitioners Are There In The United States?


How many nurse practitioners are there in the United States? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2020, there were 211,280 practicing nurse practitioners. This number includes NPs working in all settings and specialties but may not include all self-employed NPs. This number was last reported at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and once this statistic is updated, it will be interesting to compare and see the pandemic's impact on NPs.

211,280
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


How Many Nurse Practitioners Are Estimated To Be There In The United States After 10 Years?


The employment growth for nurse practitioners between 2020 and 2030 is tremendous--which is excellent as it will help meet the healthcare needs of people throughout the United States. There were 220,300 NPs in 2020, and by 2030 the projected employment of NPs is 335,200—or the number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. will increase by 114,900. Another way to look at this is the number of practicing NPs will increase by more than 52% over ten years.

Employment
in 2020
Projected
Employment in 2030
New Employment
Growth (2020-2030)
Number %
220,300 335,200 +114,900 +52.16%
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What Workplace Settings Do Majority Of The Nurse Practitioners In The United States Work?


Nurse practitioners have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. While physicians' offices employ most NPs, many are board-certified in acute care, indicating their primary environment is general medical and surgical hospitals. NPs can also work in outpatient care settings or offices run by other health practitioners, such as other nurse practitioners. Lastly, some NPs choose to leave patient care and educate—but often, the educators within the universities and colleges are still practicing, just fewer hours delivering patient care.

Rank Workplace Employment
1 Offices of Physicians 101,220
2 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 49,920
3 Outpatient Care Centers 18,920
4 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 6,970
5 Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,170
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What States Do The Majority Of The Nurse Practitioners In The United States Work?


Nurse practitioners can practice in all 50 states—but their degree of autonomy is based on their scope of practice laws. California employs the highest number of nurse practitioners, followed by New York and Texas. It should not be surprising that these three states employ the most NPs based on their population alone. The list ends with Illinois ranking nine and Massachusetts ranking 10 in the employment of NPs.

Rank State Employment
1 California 15,100
2 New York 14,850
3 Texas 14,680
4 Florida 13,010
5 Ohio 9,430
6 Tennessee 8,300
7 Pennsylvania 8,150
8 Georgia 8,120
9 Illinois 6,890
10 Massachusetts 6,430
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What Metros Do Majority Of The Nurse Practitioners In The United States Work?


After discussing the states with the highest number of nurse practitioners in the U.S., let's discuss what metros have the majority of practicing nurse practitioners. The New-York-Newark-Jersey City metro has the greatest number of NPs employed, 13,760. This is not surprising, as it is a heavily populated area serving the needs of millions of people. This list also includes other heavily populated areas, including Chicago-Naperville-Elgin ranking #three, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim ranking #five, and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale ranking #ten on the list.

Rank Metro Employment
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,760
2 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,950
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,760
4 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,740
5 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,550
6 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,320
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,150
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,620
9 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,520
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,430
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What Specialties Do Majority Of The Nurse Practitioners In The United States Work?


Nurse practitioners have the opportunity to work in various settings—based on their degree and passing of their board certification exam. In the United States, over half of the practicing NPs work in family practice, followed by adult NP and adult-gerontology primary care NP. The fewest number of NPs work as neonatal NPs and pediatric acute care NPs—which is not surprising when considering how specialized these fields are.

Rank Specialty Employment
1 Family Nurse Practitioner 147,260
2 Adult Nurse Practitioner 22,820
3 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 14,790
4 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 9,930
5 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 8,660
6 Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 6,760
7 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 6,130
8 Women's Health Nurse Practitioner 6,130
9 Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 3,800
10 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 2,110
11 Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1,480
(Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners)


How Many Nurse Practitioners Are There Compared To Other Nurses In The United States?


Nurses have the opportunity to work in various roles, which includes working as a nurse practitioner. Out of all the nurses working in the United States, 2,986,500 work as registered nurses, and the number of NPs in the U.S. is 211,280. In other words, most nurses working in the United States are registered nurses, but the 4th ranked job title for nurses in the United States is nurse practitioner. It will be interesting to trend this over the next ten years—will NPs remain ranked #4, or will they move up in the list based on more RNs wanting to pursue advanced degrees and greater opportunities.

Rank Job Title Employment
1 Registered Nurse 2,986,500
2 Certified Nursing Assistant 1,371,050
3 Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 676,440
4 Nurse Practitioner 211,280
5 Nurse Educator 61,100
6 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 41,960
7 Nurse Midwife 7,120
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


How Many Nurse Practitioners Are There Compared To Other Healthcare Workers In The United States?


So, how many nurse practitioners are there compared to other Healthcare Workers in the United States? Nurse practitioners are ranked number 8 out of 36 other healthcare professions. Medical assistants are at the top of the list, which makes sense since they help nurses and other healthcare providers deliver care to patients. Other professions above NPs include pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and physical therapists. The list rounds out with audiologists and podiatrists who are very specialized and not surprising to be rounding off the list.

Rank Job Title Employment
1 Medical Assistant 710,200
2 Social Worker 681,400
3 Pharmacy Technician 415,310
4 Pharmacist 315,470
5 Dental Assistant 312,140
6 Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic 257,700
7 Physical Therapist 220,870
8 Nurse Practitioner 211,280
9 Radiologic Technologist and Technician 206,720
10 Dental Hygienist 194,830
11 Speech-Language Pathologist 148,450
12 Respiratory Therapist 131,890
13 Phlebotomist 128,020
14 Occupational Therapist 126,610
15 Physician Assistant 125,280
16 Dentist 111,210
17 Veterinary Technologist and Technician 109,490
18 Surgical Technologist 107,400
19 Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker 98,810
20 Physical Therapist Assistant 92,740
21 Psychiatric Technician 85,330
22 Massage Therapist 85,040
23 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 73,920
24 Veterinarian 73,710
25 Dietitian and Nutritionist 66,330
26 Ophthalmic Medical Technician 59,960
27 Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician 55,980
28 Psychiatric Aide 51,550
29 Medical Transcriptionist 49,530
30 Occupational Therapy Assistant 42,750
31 Optometrist 36,690
32 Chiropractor 34,760
33 Dietetic Technician 26,430
34 Radiation Therapist 17,390
35 Audiologist 13,300
36 Podiatrist 9,710
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


What Is The Distribution Of Nurse Practitioners In The United States By Gender?


There are many more women practicing as nurse practitioners than men—and truthfully, this is not all that surprising. As of 2020, the number of men practicing as NPs was 32,120, and the number of women was 179,160—indicating that almost 85% of NPs are women.

At this time, nursing, in general, is a female-dominated career. Still, there has been a significant increase in men pursuing a career in nursing, and I would expect this trend to continue as nursing is an excellent career with considerable room for growth.

Total Employed Men Women
211,280 32,120 179,160
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


What Is The Distribution Of Nurse Practitioners In The United States By Race And Ethnicity?


There are 211,280 nurse practitioners employed in the United States. Of those, 182,123 or 86% are white. Black or African Americans make up 9%, Hispanic or Latino make up 6% and Asians make up 3%.

Total
Employed
WhiteBlack or
African American
Hispanic or
Latino
Asian
211,280182,12319,22613,3116,761
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


What Is The Distribution Of Nurse Practitioners In The United States By Age?


Out of the 211,280 practicing NPs in the United States, the majority are between 35 to 44 years of age, followed by people aged 45 to 54 and then 25 to 34. This is not surprising—because I feel the role of the NP has really grown and developed over the last 20 years. I also expect the number to continue to grow for those aged 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 as more people are looking for different opportunities and more autonomy within the nursing field.

Total, 16 Years
And Over
16 to 19
Years
20 to 24
Years
25 to 34
Years
35 to 44
Years
45 to 54
Years
55 to 64
Years
65 Years
And Over
Median
Age
211,280 N/A 969 40,705 82,380 49,428 30,044 8,723 43.4
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)



HOW MANY NURSE PRACTITIONERS ARE THERE IN YOUR STATE?

(We know that the total number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. is 211,280—but how many nurse practitioners work in each state? Based on the latest data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, below, you will find the number of NPs in each state and the metropolitans where most NPs work.)

1. Alabama

The number of nurse practitioners working in Alabama is 3,930. The majority of these NPs work in 10 cities within Alabama. Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan has 30% of the nurse practitioners—and the other 70% of the NPs in Alabama are primarily scattered throughout the remaining nine communities.

Top Metros Employment
Birmingham-Hoover 1,210
Huntsville 630
Mobile 300
Montgomery 230
Dothan 170
Tuscaloosa 160
Florence-Muscle Shoals 150
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley 130
Decatur 90
Gadsden 40
Total Number of NPs 3,930


2. Alaska

While Alaska is the largest state, the population falls within the bottom five. So, it is not surprising to see only 770 NPs practicing in Alaska. And half of those are working in Anchorage, which is their largest city.

Top Metros Employment
Anchorage 360
Total Number of NPs 770


3. Arizona

Arizona employs 4,790 nurse practitioners in various specialties and settings. The majority of these NPs practice in 7 metropolitan areas—and the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan employs 3,430, which is over 70% of the state's nurse practitioners.

Top Metros Employment
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 3,430
Tucson 710
Flagstaff 150
Prescott 120
Lake Havasu City-Kingman 90
Yuma 90
Sierra Vista-Douglas 50
Total Number of NPs 4,790


4. Arkansas

How many nurse practitioners work in Arkansas?—the answer, is 2,730 nurse practitioners. Of those 2,730 NPs—the majority work in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan, followed by Jonesboro and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metropolitan areas.

Top Metros Employment
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 860
Jonesboro 400
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers 350
Hot Springs 80
Pine Bluff 60
Fort Smith N/A
Total Number of NPs 2,730


5. California

California employs 15,100 nurse practitioners who practice in various settings and specialties. It should not be surprising that California employs so many NPs based on the state’s population. The majority of these NPs practice in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitans, and Santa Rosa, California, rounds the list off with only 200 NPs practicing in the area.

Top Metros Employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 4,550
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 2,080
San Diego-Carlsbad 1,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 970
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 880
Fresno, CA 540
Bakersfield, CA 240
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 200
Santa Rosa, CA 200
Total Number of NPs 15,100


6. Colorado

The total number of NPs practicing in Colorado is 3,080--and they primarily practice in 7 metropolitan areas throughout Colorado. The majority of the NPs practice in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan, and Greely rounds the list off with only 70 practicing NPs.

Top Metros Employment
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 1,470
Colorado Springs 530
Fort Collins 230
Boulder 160
Pueblo 130
Grand Junction 110
Greeley 70
Total Number of NPs 3,080


7. Connecticut

Connecticut employs 2,630 nurse practitioners in a variety of settings and specialties. These NPs are primarily located in 6 metropolitan areas throughout Connecticut, and the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metropolitan employs almost 50% of the NPs in Connecticut.


Top Metros Employment
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 1,360
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 560
New Haven 310
Waterbury 140
Norwich-New London-Westerly 120
Danbury 40
Total Number of NPs 2,630


8. Delaware

The number of nurse practitioners in Delaware is 740-- with 90 working in the Dover metropolitan. This number should not be surprising since the population of Delaware ranks in the bottom ten regarding population.

Top Metros Employment
Dover 90
Total Number of NPs 740


9. Florida

Florida employs 13,010 nurse practitioners—placing them #3 for states with the most nurse practitioners. In Florida, the NP practice is spread out among multiple metropolitans—with the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan employing 3,620 NPs and the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent metropolitan rounding the list out with 260 NPs employed.

Top Metros Employment
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 3,620
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 2,080
Jacksonville 1,850
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 1,090
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 440
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 400
Port St. Lucie 330
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 310
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 310
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 260
Total Number of NPs 13,010


10. Georgia

Georgia employs 8,120 nurse practitioners in various settings and specialties. Over 50% of the NPs employed work in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan, which is not surprising based on this metropolitan population. The remainder of the communities employ less than 350 NPs, and Dalton rounds the list off by employing 120 NPs.

Top Metros Employment
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 4,740
Macon 330
Augusta-Richmond County 300
Savannah 280
Athens-Clarke County 200
Albany 170
Gainesville 160
Valdosta 160
Columbus 140
Dalton 120
Total Number of NPs 8,120


11. Hawaii

How many nurse practitioners work in Hawaii? In Hawaii, 390 nurse practitioners are employed in various settings and specialties. Over 75% of those NPs are employed in Urban Honolulu.

Top Metros Employment
Urban Honolulu 300
Total Number of NPs 390


12. Idaho

The number of nurse practitioners in Idaho is 810. Of those, just over 50% are employed in Boise City, and the remaining 400 NPs are dispersed throughout five other metropolitan areas.

Top Metros Employment
Boise City 410
Coeur d'Alene 70
Idaho Falls 50
Lewiston 50
Pocatello 50
Twin Falls 40
Total Number of NPs 810


13. Illinois

Illinois employs 6,890 nurse practitioners—and is on the top 10 list of states where nurse practitioners work. The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan is ranked #3 in the nation for having the highest employment of NPs and currently employs over 65% of the NPs in Illinois.

Top Metros Employment
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 4,760
Springfield 330
Champaign-Urbana 320
Peoria 300
Rockford 250
Carbondale-Marion 150
Bloomington 100
Kankakee 100
Decatur N/A
Total Number of NPs 6,890


14. Indiana

Indiana employs 5,700 nurse practitioners in various settings and specialties throughout the state. The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metropolitan employs the most NPs, totaling 2,140 NPs or more than 35% of the NPs in Indiana. The list is rounded off with the Michigan City-La Porte metropolitan, employing 90 NPs.

Top Metros Employment
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson 2,140
Fort Wayne 580
Evansville 440
South Bend-Mishawaka 210
Terre Haute 180
Elkhart-Goshen 160
Lafayette-West Lafayette 150
Bloomington 100
Muncie 100
Michigan City-La Porte 90
Total Number of NPs 5,700


15. Iowa

Iowa employs 2,010 NPs in a variety of settings and specialties. Unlike some of the other states we discuss, the NPs in Iowa are dispersed somewhat evenly throughout the state. Almost 25% of the NPs practice in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan, but most of the other 75% of NPs work in 7 different metropolitan communities in Iowa.

Top Metros Employment
Des Moines-West Des Moines 490
Iowa City 260
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 230
Waterloo-Cedar Falls 210
Cedar Rapids 120
Sioux City 120
Dubuque 80
Ames 50
Total Number of NPs 2,010


16. Kansas

Kansas employs 2,580 nurses throughout the state. These nurses work in various settings, including acute care, clinics, and urgent care, caring for patients ranging from neonates to older adults. Almost 31% of the NPs in Kansas work in 3 metropolitans—Wichita, Topeka, and Lawrence. The remaining NPs work in communities throughout Kansas.

Top Metros Employment
Wichita 420
Topeka 290
Lawrence 80
Total Number of NPs 2,580


17. Kentucky

Kentucky has 4,250 nurse practitioners practicing in a variety of settings and specialties. Almost ¼ of these NPs practice in the Louisville/Jefferson County metro, and the other NPs primarily practice in other metros, including Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, and Owensboro.

Top Metros Employment
Louisville/Jefferson County 1,090
Lexington-Fayette 700
Bowling Green 190
Owensboro 140
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox 100
Total Number of NPs 4,250


18. Louisiana

Louisiana has 3,170 practicing nurse practitioners spread throughout the state. The majority of these NPs practice in 9 metropolitan areas—the New Orleans-Metairie metro employs 860 NPs, placing them #1 on the list, and Monroe employs 120 NPs, putting them at the bottom of the list.

Top Metros Employment
New Orleans-Metairie 860
Baton Rouge 630
Lafayette 300
Shreveport-Bossier City 230
Hammond 190
Alexandria 170
Houma-Thibodaux 160
Lake Charles 160
Monroe 120
Total Number of NPs 3,170


19. Maine

How many nurse practitioners work in Maine? The state of Maine currently has 1,360 nurse practitioners. Over 55% of those work in 3 different metropolitan areas—Portland-South Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston-Auburn.

Top Metros Employment
Portland-South Portland 400
Bangor 210
Lewiston-Auburn 140
Total Number of NPs 1,360


20. Maryland

Maryland employs 3,320 nurse practitioners in various settings and specialties throughout the state. The majority of the NPs work in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan, and the three other metropolitans that make up most of the NPs are Salisbury, Hagerstown-Martinsburg, and Cumberland.

Top Metros Employment
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 2,140
Salisbury 280
Hagerstown-Martinsburg 120
Cumberland 70
Total Number of NPs 3,320


21. Massachusetts

6,430 nurse practitioners are working in Massachusetts—and they are spread throughout a variety of settings and specialties. Over 75% of these NPs work in the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua metro—and the remainder work in 4 other metros, with Leominster-Gardner, rounding the list out with 30 NPs.

Top Metros Employment
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua 4,950
Springfield 460
Barnstable Town 170
New Bedford 110
Leominster-Gardner 30
Total Number of NPs 6,430


22. Michigan

How many nurse practitioners work in Michigan? Michigan has 4,880 NPs working in various settings of specialties—and 40% of those NPs work in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metropolitan area. The remaining NPs are primarily located in 9 other metros throughout Michigan.

Top Metros Employment
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,980
Ann Arbor 620
Grand Rapids-Wyoming 570
Kalamazoo-Portage 260
Flint 220
Lansing-East Lansing 150
Saginaw 150
Muskegon 70
Niles-Benton Harbor 70
Battle Creek 40
Total Number of NPs 4,880


23. Minnesota

There are 4,080 nurse practitioners working in Minnesota. Of those 4,080, over 50% work in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area. The remaining primarily work in Duluth and St. Cloud, with a few located in Mankato-North Mankato and Rochester.

Top Metros Employment
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 2,510
Duluth 250
St. Cloud 230
Mankato-North Mankato 40
Rochester N/A
Total Number of NPs 4,080


24. Mississippi

Mississippi currently has 3,640 nurse practitioners working throughout the state. 48% of the NPs are located in three different metropolitans—Jackson, Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, and Hattiesburg. The remaining NPs are found throughout the state in various settings and specialties.

Top Metros Employment
Jackson 960
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula 490
Hattiesburg 300
Total Number of NPs 3,640


25. Missouri

How many nurse practitioners work in Missouri? Missouri currently has 6,200 nurse practitioners, with 92% primarily located in 2 separate metropolitan communities—2,910 NPs work in Kansas City, and 2,790 NPs work in St. Louis.

Top Metros Employment
Kansas City 2,910
St. Louis 2,790
Springfield 510
Columbia 200
Joplin 150
St. Joseph 150
Jefferson City 110
Cape Girardeau N/A
Total Number of NPs 6,200


26. Montana

Montana has 710 nurse practitioners working throughout the state. Of those 710, 39% work in 3 communities—Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. This should not be surprising since these are 3 of Montana's more heavily populated areas.

Top Metros Employment
Billings 130
Missoula 100
Great Falls 50
Total Number of NPs 710


27. Nebraska

Nebraska employs 1,500 nurse practitioners. Three of the most populated communities in Nebraska employ just over 78% of the NPs—Omaha-Council Bluffs, Lincoln, and Grand Island. The other 20% of NPs work in the smaller communities—helping meet the healthcare needs of the people throughout Nebraska.

Top Metros Employment
Omaha-Council Bluffs 840
Lincoln 310
Grand Island 30
Total Number of NPs 1,500


28. Nevada

In Nevada, there are 1,290 nurse practitioners. The NPs in Nevada are primarily located in three metropolitan communities—Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Reno, and Carson City.

Top Metros Employment
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise 940
Reno 190
Carson City 90
Total Number of NPs 1,290


29. New Hampshire

The number of nurse practitioners in New Hampshire is 1,060. The NPs are indeed scattered throughout the various communities in New Hampshire—but 38% primarily work in 3 metropolitan communities. These communities include Manchester, Portsmouth, and Dover-Durham.

Top Metros Employment
Manchester 200
Portsmouth 110
Dover-Durham 100
Total Number of NPs 1,060


30. New Jersey

In New Jersey, there are 5,800 nurse practitioners. This number is not surprising due to the population in New Jersey. The majority of NPs in New Jersey work in the most populated cities of Newark and Jersey City. Around 10% of them work in Trenton, Atlantic City-Hammonton, and Vineland-Bridgeton

Top Metros Employment
Trenton 300
Atlantic City-Hammonton 200
Vineland-Bridgeton 80
Total Number of NPs 5,800


31. New Mexico

How many nurse practitioners work in New Mexico? The answer is 1,080 NPs in New Mexico. Most of the NPs are spread between 4 different metros—Albuquerque employs 420 NPs, and the list rounds off with Farmington employing 50.

Top Metros Employment
Albuquerque 420
Las Cruces 160
Santa Fe 120
Farmington 50
Total Number of NPs 1,080


32. New York

New York has 14,850 nurse practitioners—and this should not be surprising due to the population of New York. It should also not be surprising that 92% of the NPs work in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan.

Top Metros Employment
New York-Newark-Jersey City 13,760
Rochester 1,220
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls 1,100
Albany-Schenectady-Troy 560
Syracuse 550
Utica-Rome 200
Binghamton 190
Ithaca 150
Glens Falls 80
Watertown-Fort Drum 80
Total Number of NPs 14,850


33. North Carolina

How many nurse practitioners are in North Carolina? The answer—is 6,040. Almost 30% of the NPs work in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, but the remaining NPs work in nine other metros throughout the state.

Top Metros Employment
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 1,760
Durham-Chapel Hill 830
Raleigh 640
Winston-Salem 440
Asheville 430
Greensboro-High Point 390
Fayetteville 200
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton 170
Wilmington 160
Greenville 110
Total Number of NPs 6,040


34. North Dakota

How many nurse practitioners work in North Dakota? The answer is 690 nurse practitioners working in various settings and specialties—almost 74% working in 3 cities—Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismark.

Top Metros Employment
Fargo 340
Grand Forks 90
Bismarck 80
Total Number of NPs 690


35. Ohio

Ohio currently has 9,430 practicing nurse practitioners. These nurse practitioners work in various settings and specialties, ensuring the state's healthcare needs are met—almost 56% of these NPs work in 3 metros—Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland-Elyria.

Top Metros Employment
Cincinnati 2,320
Columbus 1,620
Cleveland-Elyria 1,340
Dayton 740
Toledo 600
Akron 590
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman 370
Canton-Massillon 200
Lima 90
Mansfield 70
Total Number of NPs 9,430


36. Oklahoma

The number of nurse practitioners located in Oklahoma is 1,970. The majority, or more precisely 68% of these NPs, work in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton. The remaining 32% work in various communities throughout Oklahoma.

Top Metros Employment
Oklahoma City 880
Tulsa 410
Lawton 50
Total Number of NPs 1,970


37. Oregon

How many nurse practitioners work in Oregon? The answer—is 2,220. Over 50% of these NPs work in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan, and the other NPs work throughout Oregon.

Top Metros Employment
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 1,420
Salem 200
Bend-Redmond 140
Eugene 120
Medford 120
Corvallis 70
Grants Pass 40
Total Number of NPs 2,220


38. Pennsylvania

There are 8,150 nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania. Out of these, 77% work in either the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington or Pittsburgh metropolitan. The other 23% of the NPs are scattered throughout the state—primarily working in eight other communities.

Top Metros Employment
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 4,150
Pittsburgh 2,180
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 560
Lancaster 360
Harrisburg-Carlisle 320
Reading 250
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton 250
York-Hanover 130
Altoona 90
Chambersburg-Waynesboro 90
Total Number of NPs 8,150


39. Rhode Island

Rhode Island has 690 nurse practitioners practicing throughout the state. It should not be surprising that this number is one of the lower numbers on this list due to the small size of Rhode Island in general. The NPs in this state work in a variety of settings and specialties, allowing them to ensure the state's healthcare needs are met.

Top Metros Employment
Providence-Warwick 790
Total Number of NPs 690


40. South Carolina

There are 2,820 nurse practitioners practicing in various settings and specialties throughout South Carolina. The three metros with the most NPs include Columbia, Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, and Charleston-North Charleston.

Top Metros Employment
Columbia 560
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 470
Charleston-North Charleston 440
Florence 200
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort 100
Sumter 40
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach N/A
Spartanburg N/A
Total Number of NPs 2,820


41. South Dakota

The number of nurse practitioners working in South Dakota is 590. Over 64% of the nurse practitioners work in 2 different communities—Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and the remaining NPs work in other communities throughout South Dakota.

Top Metros Employment
Sioux Falls 280
Rapid City 100
Total Number of NPs 590


42. Tennessee

The state of Tennessee employs quite a few of NPs, totaling 8,300—and these NPs work in various settings and specialties throughout the state. Out of 10 metropolitans, just over 70% work in three metros—Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Memphis, and Knoxville.

Top Metros Employment
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin 3,140
Memphis 1,480
Knoxville 1,220
Chattanooga 700
Johnson City 370
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol 290
Jackson 230
Clarksville 140
Cleveland 100
Morristown 70
Total Number of NPs 8,300


43. Texas

14,680 nurse practitioners are working in Texas—and while this is a lot of NPs, it is not surprising based on the size of Texas. There are ten metropolitan areas where the NPs can primarily be found—and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and San Antonio-New Braunfels metros employ the most NPs.

Top Metros Employment
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,520
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,530
Austin-Round Rock 930
El Paso 380
Killeen-Temple 370
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 310
Beaumont-Port Arthur 290
Lubbock 240
Corpus Christi 230
Total Number of NPs 14,680


44. Utah

There are 1,610 nurse practitioners in Utah. Over 50% of them work in the Salt Lake City area—followed by four other communities, and the list rounding off with Logan where 30 NPs work.

Top Metros Employment
Salt Lake City 880
Provo-Orem 270
Ogden-Clearfield 170
St. George 160
Logan 30
Total Number of NPs 1,610


45. Vermont

How many nurse practitioners work in Vermont? The answer is 460. Of those 460 nurse practitioners, 200 work in Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan. The other NPs work in towns and communities throughout Vermont to help meet the community healthcare needs.

Top Metros Employment
Burlington-South Burlington 200
Total Number of NPs 460


46. Virginia

Virginia currently has 5,790 nurse practitioners—and they are found throughout the state working in a variety of settings, including acute care and outpatient practices. The two most heavily employed metros include Richmond and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News—where 2,300 nurse practitioners work.

Top Metros Employment
Richmond 1,290
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News 1,010
Charlottesville 360
Roanoke 280
Lynchburg 250
Staunton-Waynesboro 150
Winchester 110
Harrisonburg 80
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 70
Total Number of NPs 5,790


47. Washington

The number of practicing nurse practitioners in the state of Washington is 3,720. Over 66% of those are found in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan, which is not surprising due to the large population of this metro. The remaining 30% primarily work in 9 other communities within Washington.

Top Metros Employment
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 2,490
Spokane-Spokane Valley 230
Bremerton-Silverdale 100
Olympia-Tumwater 100
Yakima 100
Kennewick-Richland 80
Bellingham 60
Wenatchee 50
Longview 40
Mount Vernon-Anacortes 40
Total Number of NPs 3,720


48. West Virginia

West Virginia currently employs 1,200 nurse practitioners. Unlike some other states we have discussed, the NPs in West Virginia are spread throughout the state—and are not primarily found in one specific community. Out of the 1,200 NPs, 73% primarily work in 6 metropolitan areas.

Top Metros Employment
Charleston 280
Huntington-Ashland 260
Morgantown 120
Wheeling 110
Parkersburg-Vienna 60
Beckley 50
Weirton-Steubenville N/A
Total Number of NPs 1,200


49. Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, there are 4,820 practicing nurse practitioners. Over 45% of those work in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metro—and the remaining 55% of the NPs work throughout the state. The NPs deliver care in various settings, ensuring the healthcare needs of the people of Wisconsin are met.

Top Metros Employment
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 2,240
Madison 430
Green Bay 260
Appleton 180
Eau Claire 150
Oshkosh-Neenah 140
Wausau 140
Janesville-Beloit 110
Racine 90
La Crosse-Onalaska 80
Total Number of NPs 4,820


50. Wyoming

The number of nurse practitioners working in Wyoming is 340, and this should not come as a surprise since Wyoming ranks in the bottom five regarding the overall population. Almost 53% of these NPs are located in Casper and Cheyenne, with the remaining NPs situated throughout Wyoming.

Top Metros Employment
Casper 90
Cheyenne 90
Total Number of NPs 340



The Conclusion


So, how many nurse practitioners are there in the U.S.? The answer is 211,280, and the total number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. will only grow. This increase is expected throughout the U.S—and will be incredibly helpful in meeting the population's healthcare needs, especially in rural communities.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR EXPERT


1. How Many Nurse Practitioner Programs Are There In The U.S.?

According to the AANP, there are 479 nurse practitioner programs in the United States. This includes traditional programs and NP programs that are almost 100% online.

478
(Source: AANP)

2. How Many Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

In the United States, there are 2,120 neonatal nurse practitioners. This is a highly specialized field for NPs—and these NPs are all board-certified in neonatal medicine.

2,110


3. How Many Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

There are 9,930 psychiatric nurse practitioners in the United States. Psychiatric NPs are specialized and board-certified in psychiatry—and I do expect this number to increase over the next 10 years.

9,930


4. How Many Family Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

There are currently 147,260 family nurse practitioners in the United States. This is one of the most common specialties for NPs, and therefore is not surprising that the number is so great compared to other specialties. One thing to note about family nurse practitioners is that they can practice in the family practice setting and work in specialty clinics such as pulmonology and cardiology or even urgent care.

147,260


5. How Many Women's Health Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

There are 6,130 women’s health nurse practitioners in the United States. This is a specialty field, and therefore the number of NPs will not be as significant—but it is important to note that NPs are most commonly board-certified in women’s health.

6,130


6. How Many Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

There are 8,240 pediatric NPs in the United States. The pediatric NPs are most commonly board-certified in pediatrics—but you may find some family practice NPs working in the outpatient setting/clinic setting.

8,240


7. What Is The Average Age Of Nurse Practitioners In The U.S.?

The average age of NPs in the United States is 43 years old. This is not surprising—and it will be interesting to see if this number becomes younger over the next ten years as I feel many RNs are pursuing an NP degree after practicing for only 1-2 years as a bedside RN.

43.4


8. How Many Male Nurse Practitioners Are There In The U.S.?

Out of the 211,280 nurse practitioners in the United States, there are only 32,120 male NPs. The number of male RNs is on the rise, and therefore I do expect this number to increase over the next five to ten years.

32,120


9. Are There More Nurse Practitioners Than Physicians In The U.S.?

No, there are not more NPs than physicians in the United States. Currently, there are 164,110 fewer NPs in the United States—but due to the current physician shortage, it will be interesting to see if this gap closes over the next ten years.

Number of NPs Number of Physicians Difference
211,280 375,390 -164,110


10. What State Has The Highest Number Of Nurse Practitioners In The U.S.?

California has the highest number of NPs in the United States. This is not surprising due to the population of California and the number of large metropolitans in California.

California
15,100


Kasee Wiesen DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Kasee Wiesen is a practicing family nurse practitioner. Her nursing background includes emergency medicine, pediatrics and peri-op. Education is a passion of Kasee’s, and she has taught BSN, RN-BSN and DNP students, and has enjoyed every moment of it!