The Private Bar
In 1951 there were about 220,000 lawyers in
the United States, but by 1995 that number had
increased to more than 850,000.
To put this in perspective, in 1951 there was
one lawyer per 700 people; in 1995 the ratio
was one per 300.
With one lawyer for every 24 persons,
Washington, D.C. has the highest density of
lawyers in the country.
In contrast, Arkansas has the lowest density of
lawyers with one for every 556 persons.