Wednesday, May 05, 2010


I had occasion to check on the number of lawyers per capita. state by state. Sure enough, there are the usual suspects--Washington DC ahead of the pack (by a factor of 13!). New York Delaware, Massachusetts. California only 14th, but wait--California in a tie with Missouri.

Say again, Missouri? What is it in Missouri that requires 10.9 lawyers per capita?

Update: But see Bob Lawless comment below explaining why the number is bogus.


Bob Lawless said...

Missouri's 2009 population according to the Census is 5,987,580. (See According to the ABA in 2009, there were 23,362 attorneys active and in residence in Missouri. (See

That works out to a rate of 3.9 attorneys per thousand. The web site apparently used Martindale-Hubbell listings to create its ranking. Junk in, junk out.

Buce said...

Ah, that makes sense. And if MO is off by a factor of threeish, I assume all the rest of the data is, well, worthless (Calif number seemd low to me, but I haven't double checked it).