If you’ve ever wondered which US state has the most photographers, your question is now answered. Stock photo website 123RF recently conducted a study that revealed it is Hawaii. As surprising as it may sound, this state has the most photographers per 100,000 people, making it the US state with the most photographers per capita.
123RF analyzed data from the US Census Bureau. According to the data, Hawaii has 1,759 photography businesses, or 123.87 services, per 100,000 people. There are a total of 1759 photo companies: 139 employer companies and 1620 independent companies. Second on the list is Montana with 110.39 photographers per 100,000 people and 1,172 total photography businesses.
“This study provides an interesting insight into where photography is most prominent in the country. Not surprisingly, Hawaii is taking the crown,” a spokesman for 123RF said. “Hawaiian photographers are often spoiled for choice given the state’s beautiful landscapes and backdrops.”
Some may find the results surprising, considering the US has more populous states than Hawaii. However, it is important to remember that this is the number of photographers per 100,000 people. More specifically, it is the number of photo companies. The study doesn’t take hobbyists into account, and it’s entirely possible that the numbers would be different if that were the case.
“With an estimated 38,420 professional photographers nationwide, according to the US Census Bureau, many different factors can attract photographers to certain states and cities,” the 123RF spokesman said. “Finding a place with the right mix of culture, job opportunities, income and themes can be challenging, but some states obviously have more to offer photographers than others.”