Statehouse Reporters in the United States 2014

A new Pew Research Center study finds 1,592 journalists assigned to U.S. state capitol buildings. The number of reporters covering the statehouse varies widely from state to state, with some capitals filled with dozens of full-time reporters and others playing host to only two or three. Among several state level indicators Pew Research analyzed, population and the length of legislative session were the only two that showed correlation with the number of statehouse reporters. Those state by state data are available below in a sortable database.

You can also read the full report which provides a first-ever detailed accounting of the nation’s statehouse press corps.

Sources: Pew Research Statehouse Data Aug. 2013 to March 2014, U.S. Census Bureau 2012 population estimates and The Council of State Governments Book of the States 2013.

Note: The average legislative session length is calculated in months and based on the regular sessions that took place in 2012 and 2013. Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas only hold regular sessions every other year; in these cases, the table above displays the number of months for the year the session was held in 2013.

“Other” includes interns, videographers or other supporting staff.