N.J. has the 14th-most health care workers per capita in the U.S.

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Apr 3, 2020 at 3:45 am

As the novel coronavirus has begun straining health care systems across the world, Self Financial took a look at which U.S. states had the most health care workers per capita.

To identify the top metro areas with the most employees in health care per capita, researchers at Self Financial analyzed statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The total number includes both practitioners and health care support occupations.

The analysis found New Jersey has the 14th-most health care workers at 394,630, or 4.43 for every 100 residents, compared to the national average of 3.9 for every 100.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington was ranked No. 7 overall in the large metros with the most health care workers per capita category, with 4.89 workers per 100 residents. The area has 298,120 health care workers, 196,170 practitioners, 101,950 support workers, and a population of 6.1 million. In comparison, Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio was the top ranked large metro with the most workers per capita, at 5.34 per 100 residents.

Trenton was ranked No. 3 overall in the midsize metros with the most health care workers category, with 5.83 workers per 100 resident. The other two cities with more workers per capita than the Capitol City include No. 1 Ann Arbor, Michigan, with 7.59 workers per 100, and No. 2 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with 7.22 workers per 100.

Here’s more New Jersey data:

  • Number of health care practitioners: 236,330;
  • Number of health care support workers: 158,300;
  • Population: 8,908,520.

Here’s total U.S. data:

  • Total number of health care workers: 12.8 million;
  • Number of health care practitioners: 8.7 million;
  • Number of health care support workers: 4.1 million;
  • Population: 327 million.

For more information, methodology and complete results for each state, follow the link here.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader