US Census figures have been released that show, by US state, the number of plastic surgeons per capita, according to an analysis of 2010 statistics.
The District of Columbia has the highest number of surgeons per capita, with Maryland in second place, Florida in third, New York in fourth and California in fifth. The other states rounding out the top 10 are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Hawaii and Delaware.
The numbers used to calculate the ratios were obtained from the US Census Bureau and the American Board of Medical Specialties. The Census Bureau’s website provides the most recent population counts for each state (2010), and the ABMS publishes a booklet each year that breaks down the numbers of board-certified physicians in each medical specialty in each state.
In any state, other doctors in a variety of specialties may be performing some types of plastic surgery, namely cosmetic procedures, but it is difficult to assess exactly how many because it is not necessary for them to be board certified in plastic surgery to perform these aesthetic procedures.
State No. of board-certified plastic surgeons (2010) Population (2010) Ratio (population to surgeons)
* District of Columbia: 22 /601,723 = 27,351: 1
* Maryland: 157 /5,773,552 = 36,774: 1
* Florida: 477 /18,801,310 = 39,416: 1
* New York: 487 /19,378,102 = 39,791: 1
* California: 881/37,253,956 = 42,286: 1
* Maryland: 149 /6,547,629 = 43,944: 1
* New Jersey: 191 /8,791,894 = 46,031: 1
* Utah: 60 /2,763,885 = 46,064: 1
* Hawaii: 29 /1,360,301 = 46,907: 1
* Delaware: 19 /897,934 = 47,260: 1