Dentists in the US, 2013

I am just having more fun playing with data right now. All the discussion centered on healthcare and health insurance typically focus on medical doctors. One of the areas missing, perhaps overlooked would be a better term, is dentists. The CDC gives us data on the number of dentists per 100,000 people, that is, a standardized measure of dentists.

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It is interesting to see where there are more dentists per 100,000 population. North and South Dakota have more than Texas. It would be interesting to know if there are some minimum numbers required in the typical business model and so the Dakotas benefit from the lower population as a result while an area like Texas has a significantly higher population but then does not have as many based on the standardization. Though, what explains California then?

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