Grand Rapids area tops nation in health care workers per capita

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The greater Grand Rapids area has more health care workers per capita than the national average, according to a recent report.

A report from Self Financial ranked the Grand Rapids/Wyoming area No. 10 among the 53 largest metros in the country for number of health care workers with 4.74 workers per 100 residents.

Among a population of 1,069,405, the greater Grand Rapids area has 50,700 health care workers, which include 35,010 health care practitioners and 15,690 who work in a supporting role.

On the national level, there are 3.90 health care workers per 100 residents. Among the total U.S. population (327,167,439), 12,764,180 work in health care in either a practice or a support role.

The report found the metropolitan areas with the most health care workers per capita tend to be located in the Midwest or the Northeast. The West and the South comparatively have a far lower density of health care workers.

Top 10 large metros by number of health care workers per 100 residents

  1. Cleveland/Elyria, Ohio – 5.34
  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 5.32
  3. Boston/Cambridge/Nashua, Massachusetts/New Hampshire – 5.23
  4. Indianapolis/Carmel/Anderson, Indiana – 4.96
  5. Birmingham/Hoover, Alabama – 4.95
  6. Milwaukee/Waukesha/West Allis, Wisconsin – 4.93
  7. Philadelphia/Camden/Wilmington, Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware/Maryland – 4.89
  8. St. Louis, Missouri/Illinois – 4.85
  9. Baltimore/Columbia/Towson, Maryland – 4.74
  10. Grand Rapids/Wyoming – 4.74

10 large metros with the fewest health care workers per 100 residents

  1. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, California – 2.47
  2. Las Vegas/Henderson/Paradise, Nevada – 2.91
  3. Sacramento/Roseville/Arden/Arcade –California – 3.11
  4. Austin/Round Rock, Texas – 3.17
  5. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, California – 3.21
  6. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim, California – 3.25
  7. San Diego/Carlsbad, California – 3.27
  8. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, California – 3.31
  9. Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Rosewell, Georgia – 3.31
  10. Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land, Texas – 3.35


Metropolitan areas were ordered based on the total number of health care workers per 100 residents. In the event of a tie, the metro with the greater number of total health care workers was ranked higher.

Metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size. Large metros were those with 1,000,000 residents or more, midsize metros had 350,000 to 999,999 residents, and small metros had less than 350,000 residents.

Statistics on health care workers are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. Population statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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