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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Texas Attorney Population Increased by 28% from 2004-2014

The number of actively practicing attorneys in Texas has increased from 67,764 in 2004 to 86,494 in 2014, according to a report issued by the Texas State Bar, which has been reported by the Wall Street Journal Blog and the Dallas Morning News. This is an increase 28% of attorneys while the population of Texas increased by 20% for that same period. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, the number of attorneys increased from 21,492 in 2004 to 27,827 in 2014 (a 29% increase). In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, the number of attorneys increased from 20,378 in 2004 to 26,364 in 2014 (also a 29% increase). Despite the growth, the article in the Wall Street Journal blog points out that Texas still lags behind other states with respect to the number of attorneys per person (there is one attorney for every 250 people in Texas according to the article). See the 2014 Attorney Populations Density by Metropolitan Statistical Area 2014-15 by the State Bar of Texas Department of Research & Analysis for more details.

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