10 states with the fewest psychiatrists per capita

The U.S. may face a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by 2033, and access to care in every specialty, including mental health services, is a national issue. 

Here are the 10 states with the fewest practicing psychiatrists in relation to its population, using industry data collected in August by the Kaiser Family Foundation and population data from World Population Review.

Idaho has one psychiatrist per every 16,905 people. For comparison, Massachusetts , the state with the most psychiatrists per capita, has one psychiatrist per every 2,437 people.

State

No. of residents per psychiatrist

Idaho

16,905 to 1

Mississippi

10,842 to 1

Montana

10,742 to 1

Utah

10,475 to 1

Indiana

10,373 to 1

Wyoming

10,018 to 1

Alabama

9,947 to 1

Texas

9,619 to 1

Florida

9,244 to 1

South Dakota

8,790 to 1

Nationally, there are 56,536 practicing psychiatrists. As of June 14, 10 states were considered to be officially designated health professional shortage areas due to a lack of mental health providers. 

Copyright © 2022 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.

 

Featured Whitepapers

Featured Webinars

Top 40 articles from the past 6 months