Thursday, February 3, 2022

Ten States with the Most People Living in Dental Care Shortage Areas

December 31, 2021, reports available from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) put the number of Americans residing in areas designated as dental health HPSAs (health professional shortage area) at over 64.2 million.  A dental health HPSA is a population group, geographic area, or facility where residents have inadequate access to basic dental care because too few dentists serve the area relative to the population of the HPSA.

Home to 46.4% of the U.S. population who live in dental care shortage areas, the following are the ten states with the most people living in dental care shortage areas per December 31, 2021, HRSA data:

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
FL 256 5,704,238 1,270
NC 198 3,522,832 626
NY 133 3,135,955 650
TX 311 3,099,494 452
IL 244 2,723,165 497
WA 185 2,717,861 343
TN 144 2,307,701 405
AZ 211 2,307,555 398
GA 188 2,165,067 442
LA 152 2,123,398 245
Top 10 2,022 29,807,266 5,328
U.S. 6,803 64,236,250 11,181

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

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