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How Many Nurses are There in the U.S. – 2022 State Wise Data


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

Nursing is a prevalent and prominent career choice for many people, and they are known for being honest, trustworthy, and caring. Plus, almost everyone knows a nurse—whether this is a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, etc. So, you may be wondering, how many nurses are there in the U.S.? Well, read below, and you will learn more about the current nursing statistics, including the total number of nurses in the U.S. and each state in 2022.


How Many Nurses Are There In The United States?


The total number of nurses in the U.S.A is 5,355,450. This number does not just include registered nurses, although they make up a significant portion of nurses at almost 56%. It also has many other types of nurses; CNAs, LPN/LVNs, NE, CNM, NP, and CRNAs. The two specialties with the smallest number of nurses in the U.S. are nurse-midwives and CRNAs—and this is not surprising since they are both highly specialized; therefore, fewer are needed to ensure their patient’s needs are met.

Type of Nurse Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 1,371,050
Licensed Practical/
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN)
676,440
Registered Nurse (RN) 2,986,500
Nurse Educator (NE) 61,100
Nurse Midwife (CNM) 7,120
Nurse Practitioner (NP) 211,280
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
41,960
Total Number of Nurses 5,355,450
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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


Between 2020 and 2030, the total number of nurses in U.S.A. is expected to grow by almost 11%-- with the new employment growth estimated at 593,500 nurses. Strong growth is expected for all types of nurses, with nurse educators and nurse practitioners being the ones with the highest expected new employment growth. This is excellent for nurses—indicating the demand for the career is still present and is expected to only increase over the next decade.

Type of Nurse Employment
in 2020
Projected
Employment
in 2030
New Employment
Growth (2020-2030)
Number %
Certified Nursing Assistant 1,396,700 1,512,000 +115,300 +8.26%
Licensed Practical/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
688,100 751,900 +63,800 +9.27%
Registered Nurse 3,080,100 3,356,800 +276,800 +8.99%
Nurse Educator 72,600 88,900 +16,300 +22.45%
Nurse Midwife 7,300 8,200 +800 +10.96%
Nurse Practitioner 220,300 335,200 +114,900 +52.16%
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
44,200 49,800 +5,600 +12.67%
Total Number of Nurses 5,509,300 6,102,800 593,500 +10.77%
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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


One of the benefits of becoming a nurse is that there are typically options regarding the setting you want to work in--this includes the clinic, hospital (inpatient), hospital (outpatient), long-term care facilities, surgical centers, school systems, home health, etc.

The majority of CNAs and LPNs/LVNs work in nursing care facilities or long-term care facilities. However, more hospitals are starting to utilize LPNs in the inpatient setting, which may change over the next ten years. Certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and CRNAs primarily work in the clinic/offices of physicians. Most Nurse educators work in colleges, universities, and professional schools, and the majority of RNs work in the hospital setting.

Type of Nurse Workplace Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant Nursing Care Facilities 527,480
Licensed Practical Nurse/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Nursing Care Facilities 199,760
Registered Nurse General Medical
and Surgical Hospitals
1,729,200
Nurse Educator Colleges, Universities,
and Professional Schools
36,130
Certified Nurse Midwife Offices of Physicians 3,050
Nurse Practitioner Offices of Physicians 101,220
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
Offices of Physicians 21,560
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What States Do Majority Of The Nurses In The United States Work?


Just like you will see below, the majority of the nurses work in California. This includes CNAs, LPNs/LVNs, RNs, CNMs, and NPs. New York has the highest number of nurse educators at 5,100, and Florida has the highest number of CRNAs at 3,660.

Type of Nurse State Employment
Certified Nursing
Assistant
California 97,970
Licensed Practical Nurse/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
California 71,320
Registered Nurse California 307,060
Nurse Educator New York 5,100
Certified Nurse
Midwife
California 1,010
Nurse Practitioner California 15,100
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
Florida 3,660
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


In What Metros Do Majority Of The Nurses In The United States Work?


Ironically, none of the metros with the highest number of nurses are located in California—since California is the state with the highest number of nurses. The New York-Newark-Jersey City metro has the highest number of CNAs, LPNs/LVNs, RNs, nurse educators, nurse midwives, and NPs. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro has the highest number of CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Metro Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 84,340
Licensed Practical Nurse/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 34,270
Registered Nurse New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 173,570
Nurse Educator New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,650
Certified Nurse Midwife New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 400
Nurse Practitioner New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,760
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West
Palm Beach, FL
1,740
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


What Is The Distribution Of Nurses In The United States By Gender?


The majority of the nurses in the United States are female—and there is no information on the distribution of nurses by gender for nurse educators. We have seen an increase in the number of male nurses over the past ten years—and I believe this trend will continue.

Type of Nurse Total
Employed
Men Women
Certified Nursing
Assistant
1,371,050 163,220 1,207,830
Licensed Practical/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
676,440 74,410 602,030
Registered Nurse 2,986,500 402,480 2,584,020
Nurse Educator N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Midwife 7,120 0 7,120
Nurse Practitioner 211,280 32,120 179,160
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
41,960 20,980 22,380
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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


When looking at the distribution of nurses in the United States by race and ethnicity, most nurses are white, followed by Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and then Asian. This distribution is true for CNAs, LPNs/LVNs, RNs, and NPs. There is no information available regarding the distribution of nurses by race and ethnicity for nurse educators, CRNAs, and nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Total
Employed
Asian Black or African
American
Hispanic or
Latino
White
Certified Nursing
Assistant
1,371,050 64,439 482,610 187,834 781,499
Licensed Practical/
Licensed Vocational Nurse
676,440 19,617 173,169 103,495 459,979
Registered
Nurse
2,986,500 259,826 400,191 235,934 2,248,835
Nurse Educator 61,100 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Midwife 7,120 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Practitioner 211,280 6,761 19,226 13,311 182,123
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
41,960 N/A N/A N/A N/A
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


What Is The Distribution Of Nurses In The United States By Age?


The median age for nurses in the United States ranges from the late 30s to 40s—based on the type of nurse. For example, the median age of a registered nurse in the United States is 42.6 compared to the median age of a CNA which is 39.5. Unfortunately, no information is available regarding the age range/median age for nurse educators, nurse midwives, or CRNAs.

Type of Nurse 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
Certified Nursing Assistant 1,371,050 50,258 203,044 328,690 260,339 239,230 214,101 77,398 39.5
Licensed The Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 676,440 6,810 43,129 163,435 161,165 132,791 129,386 39,724 43.4
Registered Nurse 2,986,500 2,752 144,005 797,073 765,887 629,220 509,063 138,502 42.6
Nurse Educator N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Midwife 7,120 N/A N/A 1,424 1,424 2,848 2,848 N/A N/A
Nurse Practitioner 211,280 N/A 969 40,705 82,380 49,428 30,044 8,723 43.4
Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
41,960 N/A N/A 10,990 11,989 10,990 5,994 2,997 N/A
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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


There is a significant number of nurses in the U.S. making nursing the healthcare profession with the greatest employment. Out of the healthcare workers in the United States, registered nurses are ranked #1 on the list for the highest employed healthcare profession—there are 2,986,500 registered nurses in the United States. Following RNs are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) coming in at #2. When you look at the top five on the list of healthcare workers in the United States, a nursing-related profession takes three of the five spots. Nurse Practitioners are ranked #11 on the list, nurse educators are # 29, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are #35, and nurse-midwife come in at #42.

Rank Job Title Employment
1 Registered Nurse (RN) 2,986,500
2 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 1,371,050
3 Medical Assistant 710,200
4 Social Worker 681,400
5 Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) 676,440
6 Pharmacy Technician 415,310
7 Pharmacist 315,470
8 Dental Assistant 312,140
9 Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic 257,700
10 Physical Therapist 220,870
11 Nurse Practitioner (NP) 211,280
12 Radiologic Technologist and Technician 206,720
13 Dental Hygienist 194,830
14 Speech-Language Pathologist 148,450
15 Respiratory Therapist 131,890
16 Phlebotomist 128,020
17 Occupational Therapist 126,610
18 Physician Assistant 125,280
19 Dentist 111,210
20 Veterinary Technologist and Technician 109,490
21 Surgical Technologist 107,400
22 Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker 98,810
23 Physical Therapist Assistant 92,740
24 Psychiatric Technician 85,330
25 Massage Therapist 85,040
26 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 73,920
27 Veterinarian 73,710
28 Dietitian and Nutritionist 66,330
29 Nurse Educator (NE) 61,100
30 Ophthalmic Medical Technician 59,960
31 Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician 55,980
32 Psychiatric Aide 51,550
33 Medical Transcriptionist 49,530
34 Occupational Therapy Assistant 42,750
35 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 41,960
36 Optometrist 36,690
37 Chiropractor 34,760
38 Dietetic Technician 26,430
39 Radiation Therapist 17,390
40 Audiologist 13,300
41 Podiatrist 9,710
42 Nurse Midwife (CNM) 7,120
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)



HOW MANY NURSES ARE THERE IN YOUR STATE?


Now that you know how many nurses are in the U.S, below you will find the latest data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the total number of nurses currently working in each state.

1. Alabama

There are currently 88,950 nurses working in Alabama. Certified nursing assistants make up the most nurses, with 21,470, while certified registered nurse anesthetists make up the lowest number of nurses with 1,410. The BLS did not provide specific data for the number of nurse-midwives in Alabama. This data may not be available since midwives just became a recognized specialty of nursing in 2019--the last license given to a midwife in Alabama was in 1976.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 21,470
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 12,000
Registered Nurse 48,850
Nurse Educator 1,290
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 3,930
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,410
Total Number of Nurses 88,950


2. Alaska

How many nurses work in Alaska? In Alaska, there are 9,330 nurses—which includes all professions. Registered nurses make up the largest portion of nurses totaling 6,240 or almost 67% of all nurses throughout the state. There are only 50 nurse midwives, and the BLS provides no information regarding the number of CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 1,800
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 330
Registered Nurse 6,240
Nurse Educator 140
Nurse Midwife 50
Nurse Practitioner 770
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Nurses 9,330


3. Arizona

There are 85,450 nurses in Arizona—with almost 65% of those being RNs, followed by CNAs making up 18%. The number of midwives and CRNAs in the state are comparable and make up the smallest amount of nurses in Arizona. I will be honest; I am surprised there are not more nurses working in Arizona—with the warm weather and growing population placing Arizona as number 14 for the most populous state in the United States.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 15,830
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 7,440
Registered Nurse 55,520
Nurse Educator 1,700
Nurse Midwife 90
Nurse Practitioner 4,790
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 80
Total Number of Nurses 85,450


4. Arkansas

In Arkansas, there are 58,670 nurses. And what is shocking about this is that three types of nurses make up 94%--certified nurse assistants, licensed practical/licensed vocational nurses, and registered nurses. There is no data available for the number of nurse-midwives or CRNAs in Arkansas.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 18,560
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 11,540
Registered Nurse 25,300
Nurse Educator 540
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 2,730
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Nurses 58,670


5. California

There are 497,680 nurses in California—making California the state with the highest number of nurses. California is also the most populous state in the United States and is expected to grow, clearly supporting the need for so many nurses. RNs make up the majority of nurses in California, followed by CNAs and LPNs/LVNs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 97,970
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 71,320
Registered Nurse 307,060
Nurse Educator 3,510
Nurse Midwife 1,010
Nurse Practitioner 15,100
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,710
Total Number of Nurses 497,680


6. Colorado

There are 83,400 nurses in Colorado. The majority of these nurses are RNs, who make up just under 63% of the nurses in Colorado—RNs are followed by CNAs, who make up 25% of the nurses in Colorado. The specialty with the fewest number of nurses is nurse-midwives. This is almost to be expected—being a nurse-midwife is very specialized, and there are not as many needed to meet the needs of their patients.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 21,310
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 4,960
Registered Nurse 52,330
Nurse Educator 1,180
Nurse Midwife 170
Nurse Practitioner 3,080
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 370
Total Number of Nurses 83,400


7. Connecticut

Out of 66,140 nurses in Connecticut, 33,400 or 50% are registered, nurses. Nurse-midwives and nurse educators make up the smallest portion of nurses, and there is no data on the number of CRNAs throughout the state.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 21,370
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 7,950
Registered Nurse 33,400
Nurse Educator 640
Nurse Midwife 150
Nurse Practitioner 2,630
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Nurses 66,140


8. Delaware

Delaware is in the top five states with the fewest total number of nurses, 19,800—which correlates with their population since it is one of the least populated states in the United States. Just like in many other states, RNs, CNAs, and LPN/LVNs make up the majority of the nurses—and in Delaware, nurse midwives and CRNAs make up the specialties with the fewest nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 4,930
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,290
Registered Nurse 11,410
Nurse Educator 320
Nurse Midwife 40
Nurse Practitioner 740
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 70
Total Number of Nurses 19,800


9. Florida

There are 330,200 nurses in Florida—which should not come as a surprise since Florida is one of the most populous states. These nurses are needed to care for Florida's aging and growing population. CRNAs, nurse-midwives, and nurse educators make up 2% of the nurses—with the majority being RNs at 55%.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 84,520
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 41,560
Registered Nurse 183,130
Nurse Educator 3,980
Nurse Midwife 340
Nurse Practitioner 13,010
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 3,660
Total Number of Nurses 330,200


10. Georgia

Georgia has 138,980 nurses. The majority are RNs and CNAs, which total almost 77% of the nurses. Like many other states, nurse midwives, CRNAs, and nurse educators make up the fewest number totaling just over 1% of all the nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 33,520
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 22,170
Registered Nurse 73,230
Nurse Educator 960
Nurse Midwife 420
Nurse Practitioner 8,120
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 560
Total Number of Nurses 138,980


11. Hawaii

How many nurses work in Hawaii? In Hawaii, there are 16,910 total nurses employed. 66% are registered nurses, and 24% are CNAs. There is no data available regarding the number of nurse-midwives or CRNAs in Hawaii.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 4,050
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 930
Registered Nurse 11,260
Nurse Educator 280
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 390
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Nurses 16,910


12. Idaho

There are currently 23,220 total nurses employed in Idaho. Just like the other states, RNs make up the largest portion of nurses—which makes sense based on their needs across many settings in healthcare. There are very few nurse-midwives in Idaho, which total throughout the state to only 30.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 6,600
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,520
Registered Nurse 12,800
Nurse Educator 250
Nurse Midwife 30
Nurse Practitioner 810
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 210
Total Number of Nurses 23,220


13. Illinois

There are 214,430 nurses employed in Illinois. With Illinois ranked #6 most populated state—this number is not unexpected. The majority of the nurses are registered nurses and certified nursing assistants—the nursing type with the fewest is midwifery —which is comparable to other states.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 56,330
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 19,630
Registered Nurse 127,450
Nurse Educator 2,370
Nurse Midwife 300
Nurse Practitioner 6,890
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,460
Total Number of Nurses 214,430


14. Indiana

In Indiana, there are 119,320 total nurses. Like in other states, most nurses are RNs and the type with the fewest nurses is midwifery. Nurse practitioners make up almost 5% of the nurses, more than several states on this list.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 30,120
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 14,710
Registered Nurse 66,460
Nurse Educator 1,630
Nurse Midwife 70
Nurse Practitioner 5,700
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 630
Total Number of Nurses 119,320


15. Iowa

There are 64,330 total nurses working in Iowa. This number is on the lower side—but Iowa is not one of the more populated states. Registered nurses make up almost 51% of the nurses, and certified nursing assistants make up 35%. There are only 40 nurse-midwives in Iowa, making them the lowest employed type of nurse.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 22,520
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 6,140
Registered Nurse 32,610
Nurse Educator 630
Nurse Midwife 40
Nurse Practitioner 2,010
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 380
Total Number of Nurses 64,330


16. Kansas

The total number of nurses in Kansas is 62,170. The types of nurses with the lowest current employment are CRNAs and nurse educators—there is no data on nurse-midwives. Nurse practitioners make up 4% of the nurses, and like always, RNs have the highest employment rate.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 21,790
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 6,860
Registered Nurse 29,430
Nurse Educator 770
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 2,580
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 740
Total Number of Nurses 62,170


17. Kentucky

There are 77,889 nurses working in Kentucky. The majority of the nurses are registered nurses—which is typical due to their role in healthcare and their ability to work in multiple environments to deliver care. There are the fewest nurse educators in Kentucky but no data on the number of nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 20,310
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 9,390
Registered Nurse 42,940
Nurse Educator 390
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 4,250
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 600
Total Number of Nurses 77,880


18. Louisiana

You may be wondering, how many nurses work in Louisiana? In Louisiana, there are 85,720 total nurses. Nurse educators and CRNAs make up the lowest number of nurses. This has been a trend noted in other states—and is most likely due to the specialty of these nurses. As always, registered nurses have the most employed. There is no data on nurse-midwives in Louisiana.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 21,030
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 18,560
Registered Nurse 41,690
Nurse Educator 450
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 3,170
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 820
Total Number of Nurses 85,720


19. Maine

The total number of nurses in Maine is 26,360—making it one of the states with the fewest nurses employed. This is not unexpected since Maine is listed as one of the least populated states in the United States. Registered nurses make up almost 54% of the nurses, followed by CNAs and LPNs/LVNs. Nurse-midwives have the fewest nurses, with only 60.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 9,140
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 1,070
Registered Nurse 14,160
Nurse Educator 270
Nurse Midwife 60
Nurse Practitioner 1,360
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 300
Total Number of Nurses 26,360


20. Maryland

So, how many nurses are there in Maryland? The total number of nurses in Maryland is 93,210. Just over 55% of the nurses in Maryland are RNs. Nurse educators, nurse midwives, and CRNAs make up 2% of the nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 27,430
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 8,940
Registered Nurse 51,480
Nurse Educator 1,360
Nurse Midwife 220
Nurse Practitioner 3,320
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 460
Total Number of Nurses 93,210


21. Massachusetts

There are 148,790 nurses in Massachusetts. Of those 148,790, RNs and CNAs make up almost 84% of the nurses. The nurse with the fewest number is nurse midwives, followed by CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 40,550
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 14,790
Registered Nurse 84,030
Nurse Educator 2,300
Nurse Midwife 290
Nurse Practitioner 6,430
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 400
Total Number of Nurses 148,790


22. Michigan

So, how many nurses work in Michigan? In Michigan, there are 168,910 nurses. As we have seen in the previous states, RNs make up the majority of the nurses—but again, their role in healthcare and the care they deliver is greatly needed. Nurse-midwives make up the specialty with the fewest nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 48,610
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 12,700
Registered Nurse 97,820
Nurse Educator 2,130
Nurse Midwife 350
Nurse Practitioner 4,880
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 2,420
Total Number of Nurses 168,910


23. Minnesota

There are 120,180 total nurses in Minnesota. The majority of nurses are registered nurses, and the specialty with the fewest nurses is nurse-midwifery. Nurse educators and CRNAs make up 2% of the nurses, and NPs make up 3%.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 28,260
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 14,210
Registered Nurse 70,820
Nurse Educator 1,280
Nurse Midwife 230
Nurse Practitioner 4,080
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,300
Total Number of Nurses 120,180


24. Mississippi

In Mississippi, there are 55,890 nurses. The majority of nurses are registered, nurses. There are very few nurse educators, and CRNAs make up just over 1% of the nurses. There is no data on the number of midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 13,010
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 9,580
Registered Nurse 28,800
Nurse Educator 590
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 3,640
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 270
Total Number of Nurses 55,890


25. Missouri

How many nurses work in Missouri? Missouri currently employs 129,460 nurses. There are 71,560 RNs compared to only 60 nurse-midwives. This is not astonishing since RNs can work in a wide variety of settings, whereas nurse-midwives are very specialized.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 34,880
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 14,770
Registered Nurse 71,560
Nurse Educator 1,220
Nurse Midwife 60
Nurse Practitioner 6,200
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 770
Total Number of Nurses 129,460


26. Montana

The number of nurses in Montana totals 17,930. While this number may seem low, the population of Montana is relatively low compared to the other states—therefore, this number is not surprising. The majority of these nurses are RNs. Nurse educators and CRNAs make up the lowest number of nurses, and there is no data on the number of nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 5,110
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 1,850
Registered Nurse 9,980
Nurse Educator 220
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 710
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 60
Total Number of Nurses 17,930


27. Nebraska

You may be wondering, how many nurses are in Nebraska? There are 45,590 nurses in Nebraska—with 24,060 of those being RNs. Nurse educators and CRNAs make up the lowest employment rate by only totaling 2% of the total nurses. There is no data on the number of nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 13,390
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 5,530
Registered Nurse 24,060
Nurse Educator 640
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 1,500
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 470
Total Number of Nurses 45,590


28. Nevada

The total number of nurses in Nevada is 34,990. This, again, is one of the states with a lower overall current employment of nurses. RNs make up 67% of nurses, followed by CNAs at 20%. CRNAs make up the least amount at only 70 total nurses, and there is no data on nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 7,030
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,690
Registered Nurse 23,420
Nurse Educator 490
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 1,290
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 70
Total Number of Nurses 34,990


29. New Hampshire

The number of nurses in New Hampshire is 25,050—and yes, this is on the lower side but based on the population of New Hampshire, it is not unexpected. There are 13,840 RNs throughout the state and only 60 nurse midwives and 190 CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 7,600
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,070
Registered Nurse 13,840
Nurse Educator 230
Nurse Midwife 60
Nurse Practitioner 1,060
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 190
Total Number of Nurses 25,050


30. New Jersey

So, what is the total number of nurses in New Jersey? There are currently 147,550 nurses of almost all types, including RNs, CRNAs, and nurse educators. RNs make up the largest proportion of these nurses, and nurse midwives, followed by CRNAs, make up the fewest—which is the pattern we have seen develop throughout the list.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 44,560
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 15,590
Registered Nurse 78,590
Nurse Educator 2,080
Nurse Midwife 130
Nurse Practitioner 5,800
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 800
Total Number of Nurses 147,550


31. New Mexico

The total number of nurses in New Mexico is 25,520—making New Mexico one of the states with the lowest employment of nurses. Out of the 25,520, 17,100 of those nurses are registered nurses. Nurse-midwives and nurse educators make up the smallest employment of nurses in New Mexico.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 4,980
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 1,900
Registered Nurse 17,100
Nurse Educator 140
Nurse Midwife 110
Nurse Practitioner 1,080
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 210
Total Number of Nurses 25,520


32. New York

How many nurses are there in New York? New York is one of the states with the highest employment of nurses—which is not surprising because New York City is one of the most populated cities in the United States. In New York, there are 326,760 nurses—with the majority of those nurses being RNs. Nurse-midwives and CRNAs make up the fewest number of nurses, but again, it is not surprising due to the highly specialized care they deliver.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 81,440
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 44,440
Registered Nurse 178,550
Nurse Educator 5,100
Nurse Midwife 460
Nurse Practitioner 14,850
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,920
Total Number of Nurses 326,760


33. North Carolina

The number of nurses in North Carolina is 180,290. As we have seen throughout this list, most of these nurses are RNs—which makes sense due to their skillset and role in health care in delivering care to patients. Nurse-midwives are the type of nurse with the fewest number—and this is unsurprising due to the highly specialized care they provide.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 53,900
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 16,250
Registered Nurse 99,110
Nurse Educator 2,030
Nurse Midwife 170
Nurse Practitioner 6,040
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 2,790
Total Number of Nurses 180,290


34. North Dakota

Are you wondering how many nurses work in North Dakota? There are 21,570 nurses employed in North Dakota. While this number may seem low, keep in mind that North Dakota is one of the least populated states in the United States. The majority of these nurses are RNs and CNAs, and there is no data regarding the number of nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 7,930
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,520
Registered Nurse 9,970
Nurse Educator 230
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 690
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 230
Total Number of Nurses 21,570


35. Ohio

The number of nurses in Ohio totals 248,930, making Ohio one of the states with the highest employment of nurses. As we have seen throughout this list, RNs make up the majority of this number at almost 52%, and CNAs and then LPNs/LVNs follow closely behind. Nurse-midwives make up the nursing specialty with the fewest employed.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 63,290
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 40,850
Registered Nurse 129,090
Nurse Educator 3,060
Nurse Midwife 330
Nurse Practitioner 9,430
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 2,880
Total Number of Nurses 248,930


36. Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, the number of nurses totals 68,600. As we have seen throughout this list, 48% of these nurses are RNs, followed by CNAs and then LPNs/LVNs. Nurse educators and CRNAs make up the fewest amount of nurses, and there is no data on nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 19,930
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 12,850
Registered Nurse 32,950
Nurse Educator 550
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 1,970
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 350
Total Number of Nurses 68,600


37. Oregon

How many nurses are there in Oregon? There are currently 55,960 nurses employed in Oregon. Almost 66% of the nurses are RNS, followed by CNAs with an employment rate of 22%. Nurse-midwives and CRNAs make up the types of nurses with the fewest number of nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 12,320
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 3,810
Registered Nurse 36,840
Nurse Educator 340
Nurse Midwife 170
Nurse Practitioner 2,220
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 260
Total Number of Nurses 55,960


38. Pennsylvania

There are 267,300 nurses currently employed throughout Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania one of the states with higher rates of nurse employment. Nurse midwives, CRNAs, and nurse educators make up the three specialties with the lowest rate of nurse employment—and as we have seen in all the previous states, RNs make up the majority.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 71,880
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 35,240
Registered Nurse 146,640
Nurse Educator 2,890
Nurse Midwife 340
Nurse Practitioner 8,150
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 2,160
Total Number of Nurses 267,300


39. Rhode Island

The number of nurses in Rhode Island is 23,430. This is relatively low, but the overall population of Rhode Island is in the bottom 10—making this not so unexpected. Just under 50% of the nurses are RNs, followed closely by CNAs. Nurse-midwives and nurse educators make up the specialties with the fewest number of nurses employed. There is no data on the number of CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 9,110
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 1,120
Registered Nurse 12,150
Nurse Educator 320
Nurse Midwife 40
Nurse Practitioner 690
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Nurses 23,430


40. South Carolina

There are 78,420 nurses currently employed throughout the state of South Carolina. Of those 78,420 nurses, 58% are RNs. Nurse educators, nurse practitioners, and CRNAs make up 6% of the total nurses employed. There is no data on the number of midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 17,710
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 9,780
Registered Nurse 45,930
Nurse Educator 890
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 2,820
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,290
Total Number of Nurses 78,420


41. South Dakota

South Dakota has 22,520 nurses. The types with the highest employment are RNs, LPNs/LVNs, and CNAs—which total 94% of the state's nurses. There is no information on the number of midwives employed.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 6,150
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 2,020
Registered Nurse 13,130
Nurse Educator 270
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 590
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 360
Total Number of Nurses 22,520


42. Tennessee

Tennessee currently employs 125,820 nurses throughout the state. Of these nurses, there are only 70 nurse-midwives. RNs, CNAs, and LPNs/LVNs are the three with the highest rate of employment—which is very comparable to the other states. This is most likely because CNAs and LPNs/LVNs require the least amount of education. The demand for these three types of nurses is also greater than the other subspecialties—although nurse educators are needed now more than ever.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 28,730
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 24,610
Registered Nurse 61,040
Nurse Educator 1,240
Nurse Midwife 70
Nurse Practitioner 8,300
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,830
Total Number of Nurses 125,820


43. Texas

There are 387,630 nurses employed throughout Texas—making it one of the states that employ the most nurses. This is not surprising since Texas is also one of the most populous states in the United States. Like many other states, registered nurses make up the majority of nurses, and the type of nurse with the fewest employed are nurse-midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 75,690
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 69,650
Registered Nurse 219,330
Nurse Educator 5,040
Nurse Midwife 280
Nurse Practitioner 14,680
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 2,960
Total Number of Nurses 387,630


44. Utah

Utah currently employs 39,830 nurses. Unlike many other states, where nurse midwives are the fewest employed, CRNAs are the fewest number employed in Utah. However, Utah is comparable to other states in that RNs and CNAs make up the majority of nurses throughout the state.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 12,050
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 1,860
Registered Nurse 23,690
Nurse Educator 500
Nurse Midwife 90
Nurse Practitioner 1,610
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 30
Total Number of Nurses 39,830


45. Vermont

There are 10,950 nurses in Vermont—making Vermont one of the states with the fewest number of nurses employed. However, it is important to note that Vermont is also ranked #2 among the least populated states. The majority of their nurses are RNs, and the type of nurse with the fewest number employed is nurse-midwife, followed by CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 2,460
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 990
Registered Nurse 6,810
Nurse Educator 110
Nurse Midwife 50
Nurse Practitioner 460
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 70
Total Number of Nurses 10,950


46. Virginia

Virginia has 137,460 total nurses employed throughout the state. Just like in the other states, RNs make up the majority of these nurses—they make up 48%. Nurse-midwives make up the smallest type of nurses, with only 290 throughout the state, and nurse practitioners make up 4%--which may increase over the next several years due to demand and physician shortage.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 41,560
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 20,750
Registered Nurse 66,450
Nurse Educator 1,500
Nurse Midwife 290
Nurse Practitioner 5,790
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 1,120
Total Number of Nurses 137,460


47. Washington

The total number of nurses employed in Washington State is 107,400 total nurses. Of those 107,400 nurses, 55% are registered, nurses. Nurse midwives, CRNAs, and nurse educators together make up only 2% of the total nurses.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 34,420
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 7,870
Registered Nurse 59,300
Nurse Educator 1,320
Nurse Midwife 110
Nurse Practitioner 3,720
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 660
Total Number of Nurses 107,400


48. West Virginia

West Virginia has 35,550 nurses employed throughout the state, and the majority of those nurses are RNs. The type with the fewest nurses is nurse-midwives—with total employment of only 40.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 7,350
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 5,980
Registered Nurse 19,800
Nurse Educator 510
Nurse Midwife 40
Nurse Practitioner 1,200
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 670
Total Number of Nurses 35,550


49. Wisconsin

Wisconsin has 109,010 nurses employed throughout the state. Nurse-midwives, CRNAs, and nurse educators make up the three lowest employed types of nurses in Wisconsin—and just like in the other states, RNs make up the majority.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 30,460
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 8,050
Registered Nurse 63,630
Nurse Educator 970
Nurse Midwife 120
Nurse Practitioner 4,820
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 960
Total Number of Nurses 109,010


50. Wyoming

In Wyoming, there are 8,790 total nurses. Wyoming has one of the lowest numbers of total nurses, which directly correlates to the population of Wyoming, which is ranked #1 for the lowest population in the United States. The majority of these nurses are either registered nurses or certified nursing assistants. There is no information available regarding the number of nursing midwives.

Type of Nurse Current
Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 2,810
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 440
Registered Nurse 5,010
Nurse Educator 140
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 340
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 50
Total Number of Nurses 8,790



The Conclusion


After reading the article above, I hope I answered the question how many nurses are there in the U.S.—and how many are located in each state. Nurses are an essential aspect of the healthcare system in the United States and worldwide. The total number of nurses in the U.S. is 5,355,450—and based on the information we have, this number will only continue to increase over the next decade. Based on these numbers, I bet you know a nurse—so reach out to them, thank them for what they do, and if you consider this career path, I am sure they will be more than happy to mentor you!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR EXPERT


1. How Many Nursing Schools Are There In The U.S.?

There are 2,662 nursing schools in the United States. This number includes traditional and online programs, and it also includes nursing schools that offer advanced degrees such as master's in nursing degrees or doctorate in nursing degrees.

2,662


2. What Percentage Of The U.S. Population Are Nurses?

There are 5,355,450 nurses in the United States. But, due to the total population in the United States being 331,893,745, only 1.6% of the population is nurses.

U.S. Population Total Number of NursesPercentage Of Nurses
331,893,7455,355,4501.61%


3. Is Nursing The Largest Healthcare Profession In The U.S.?

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States—which may be due to the many different types of nurses. Out of all the healthcare professions, RNs have the highest employment rate. This is followed by CNAs coming in at #2 for the most employed healthcare profession.


4. How Old Is The Average Nurse?

The average age of a nurse is 42. This number includes all types of nursing, including CNAs, LPNs/LVNs, RNs, nurse educators, etc.

42.2


5. What State Has The Highest Number Of Nurses In the U.S.?

California has the highest number of nurses in the United States. This is not shocking since California is also one of the most populous states in the United States. Plus—nurses want to work in California for the climate and activities outside of work.

California
497,680


6. How Many Male Nurses Are There In The U.S.?

There are 693,210 male nurses in the United States. I expect this number to increase over the next ten years, especially since we have already seen this increase over the last several years.

693,210


7. What Race Has The Most Nurses In The U.S.?

In the United States, the race that has the most nurses is white—there are a total of 3,672,436. This number includes CNAs, LPN/LVNs, RNs, and NPs. There is no information for the number of nurse educators, nurse midwives, or CRNAs.

Type of Nurse White
Certified Nursing Assistant 781,499
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 459,979
Registered Nurse 2,248,835
Nurse Educator N/A
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 182,123
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of White Nurses 3,672,436


8. How Many Nurses In The U.S. Are Black?

More than 1,075,196 nurses in the United States are Black or African American. This is not an exact number due to a lack of information regarding the number of Black or African American nurse educators, nurse midwives, and CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Black or
African American
Certified Nursing Assistant 482,610
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 173,169
Registered Nurse 400,191
Nurse Educator N/A
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 19,226
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Black or African American Nurses > 1,075,196


9. How Many Hispanic Nurses Are There In The U.S.?

There are more than 540,574 Hispanic or Latino nurses in the United States. This number is not exact as there is no data available for the number of Hispanic or Latino nurse educators, nurse midwives, or CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Hispanic or Latino
Certified Nursing Assistant 187,834
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 103,495
Registered Nurse 235,934
Nurse Educator N/A
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 13,311
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Hispanic Nurses > 540,574


10. How Many Asian Nurses Are There In The U.S.?

There are more than 350,643 Asian nurses in the United States. Over 74% of these nurses are registered, nurses. There is no information about Asian nurses working as nurse educators, midwives, or CRNAs.

Type of Nurse Asian
Certified Nursing Assistant 64,439
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 19,617
Registered Nurse 259,826
Nurse Educator N/A
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 6,761
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist N/A
Total Number of Asian Nurses > 350,643


11. How Many Nurses Are There In The U.S. Army?

There are 9,598 nurses in the U.S. Army. This number includes all nurses and does not provide specifics for the types of nurses.

Army
9,598


12. How Many Nurses Are There In The U.S. Navy?

There are 4,540 nurses in the navy. This number includes all nurses and does specify the types of nurses that make up this number.

Navy
4,540


13. How Many Nurses Are There In The U.S. Air Force?

There are 4,036 nurses in the air force. This number includes all nurses and does not provide the specifics for the types of nurses.

Air Force
4,036


14. How Many Nurses Work In Hospitals?

Of the 5,355,430 nurses in the United States, 2,253,290 work in hospitals. Another way to look at this is that 42% of nurses work in hospitals. The majority of these nurses are registered nurses. There is no information regarding the nurse-midwife—as many of these nurses go to their patient’s homes to assist with delivery.

Type of Nurse Employment
Certified Nursing Assistant 374,770
Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse 80,820
Registered Nurse 1,729,200
Nurse Educator 4,550
Nurse Midwife N/A
Nurse Practitioner 49,920
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 14,030
Total Number of Nurses Working in Hospitals 2,253,290


15. Are There More Nurses Than Physicians In The U.S.?

Yes, there are more nurses than doctors. In fact, there are significantly more nurses than doctors—there are 375,390 physicians and 5,355,450 nurses, indicating 4,980,060 more nurses than doctors in the United States.


16. How Many Nurses Are There In The World?

Nurses make up almost 50% of the workforce in the world. There are approximately 27 million nurses in the world—which is an astonishing number when you think about it!


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!