NCARB's 1999 Survey Reveals Number of Architects in the United States

A survey by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) reveals that there are almost 97,000 architects in the United States. Because architects are often registered in more than one state, NCARB is not able to use its registration records to determine the number of architects. It has long been estimated, however, that there are about 100,000 architects in the U.S. This year, in the first-ever survey of its kind, NCARB surveyed its 55 member boards to verify or disprove that estimate. Results indicate that a total of 96,966 architects are living in the 55 reporting jurisdictions, which include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

The survey also reveals a total of 105,466 reciprocal (out-of-state) registrants and 202,432 total registrations in the United States. This means that on average, an architect is registered in 2 jursidictions. California has the highest number of resident architects (16,415) and the highest number of total registrations (20,891). Survey results are listed below. NCARB will update these numbers annually. For more information, contact NCARB at 202/783-6500.

ARCHITECT REGISTRATIONS BY JURISDICTION
Jurisdiction Resident Reciprocal Total
Alabama 718 979 1697
Alaska 300 204 504
Arizona 1975 3300 5275
Arkansas 484 778 1262
California 16415 4476 20891
Colorado 2603 3135 5738
Connecticut 1391 7879 9270
Delaware 120 1009 1129
District of Columbia 546 2632 3178
Florida 4477 3526 8003
Georgia 2232 2665 4897
Guam 46 94 140
Hawaii 977 814 1791
Idaho 490 1312 1802
Illiniois 5475 3686 9161
Indiana 1095 3248 4343
Iowa 419 1018 1437
Kansas 980 1496 2476
Kentucky 701 1757 2458
Louisiana 1123 1509 2632
Maine 327 796 1123
Maryland* 1658 2826 4484
Massachusetts 3290 2698 5988
Michigan 2472 2378 4850
Minnesota 1762 1445 3207
Mississippi 271 973 1244
Missouri 1854 2374 4228
Montana 349 655 1004
Nebraska 546 944 1490
Nevada 446 1928 2378
New Hampshire 252 764 1016
New Jersey 2400 4600 7000
New Mexico 725 1291 2016
New York 8000 5000 13000
North Carolina 1860 2626 4486
North Dakota 125 375 500
N. Mariana Islands 7 48 55
Ohio 3521 2881 6402
Oklahoma 749 1240 1989
Oregon 1299 1150 2549
Pennsylvania 3595 3536 7131
Puerto Rico 488 465 953
Rhode Island 257 1011 1268
South Carolina 950 2038 2988
South Dakota 111 559 670
Tennessee 1600 1590 3190
Texas 6825 3187 10012
Utah 837 800 1637
Vermont 294 524 818
Virgin Islands 89 40 129
Virginia 2306 3121 5427
Washington 3290 1627 4917
West Virginia 130 920 1050
Wisconsin 1502 2815 4317
Wyoming 112 724 836
Total Architects:
96,966
Total Reciprocal Registrations:
105,466
Total Registrations:
202,432
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