10 states with the most psychiatrists per capita

Only 6 percent of adults who experienced a major depressive episode in the last year are receiving treatment, highlighting the nation's need to prioritize mental healthcare. 

Though 10 states were considered to be officially designated health professional shortage areas due to a lack of mental health providers, some states are better equipped to treat those who need it.

Here are the 10 states with the highest number of 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.

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



No. of residents per psychiatrist


2,437 to 1


2,842 to 1

New York

2,967 to 1


3,367 to 1


3,657 to 1

Rhode Island

3,802 to 1


4,238 to 1


4,777 to 1

New Hampshire

4,946 to 1


5,084 to 1

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