The Phenomenal Growth in the Number of Massage Schools

By Carl W. Nelson

Information collected From
Martin Ashley, Massage: A Career at Your Fingertips (Barrytown, NY:
Station Hill Press, 1992; Carmel, NY: Enterprise Publishing, 2nd Edition, 1995;
3rd Edition, 1999; 4th Edition, 2003), the number of massage schools in the USA
is listed as 190 in

May
1991, as 316 in January 1995, as 572 in December 1998, and as 875 in June 2002.

 

From the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals website —
www.massagetherapy.com/careers/training.php
(the most comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date state-by-state Internet
listing) – In November 2004 I counted a total 1346 massage schools in the
entire 50 states – ranging from one in Wyoming to 232 in California. In
September 2006 I counted 262 in California. From the Associated Bodywork &
Massage Professionals press release of April 4, 2007 – The ABMP massage school
database peaked at 1582 schools in 2006, but early 2007 survey results showed
52 of those schools were no longer offering massage programs. In May 2007 I
counted a total 1550 massage schools in the entire 50 states – ranging from two
in Wyoming to 264 in California.

—–
Carl W. Nelson

 

Distribution of Massage
Schools by State in the USA

Martin Ashley, Massage:
A Career at Your Fingertips
(Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1992;
Carmel, NY: Enterprise Publishing, 2nd Edition, 1995; 3rd Edition, 1999; 4th
Edition, 2003). With respect to the number of massage schools in the USA, the
1st edition listed 190, the 2nd edition 316, the 3rd edition 572, the 4th
edition 875. By state, they are distributed as follows:

 

May 1991

AL

HI

9

MA

7

NM

3

SD

AK

ID

1

MI

3

NY

3

TN

3

AZ

3

IL

2

MN

3

NC

2

TX

17

AR

4

IN

2

MS

ND

UT

2

CA

43

IA

2

MO

2

OH

5

VT

3

CO

5

KS

1

MT

OK

2

VA

4

CT

1

KY

NE

2

OR

5

WA

10

DE

LA

1

NV

PA

6

WV

DC

1

ME

1

NH

2

RI

WI

4

FL

18

MD

1

NJ

7

SC

WY

GA

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 1995

AL

1

HI

12

MA

8

NM

10

SD

2

AK

1

ID

1

MI

6

NY

4

TN

4

AZ

3

IL

5

MN

3

NC

3

TX

31

AR

7

IN

3

MS

ND

UT

2

CA

74

IA

8

MO

4

OH

8

VT

2

CO

7

KS

MT

OK

3

VA

4

CT

2

KY

1

NE

3

OR

9

WA

14

DE

1

LA

4

NV

PA

11

WV

DC

1

ME

2

NH

4

RI

WI

7

FL

33

MD

1

NJ

11

SC

WY

GA

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 1998

AL

5

HI

14

MA

11

NM

13

SD

3

AK

2

ID

5

MI

19

NY

5

TN

11

AZ

7

IL

11

MN

8

NC

12

TX

61

AR

9

IN

10

MS

2

ND

1

UT

5

CA

109

IA

14

MO

7

OH

21

VT

5

CO

18

KS

7

MT

5

OK

4

VA

17

CT

2

KY

2

NE

5

OR

10

WA

19

DE

6

LA

7

NV

6

PA

26

WV

1

DC

2

ME

3

NH

6

RI

WI

8

FL

53

MD

4

NJ

18

SC

9

WY

GA

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2002

AL

9

HI

14

MA

16

NM

16

SD

4

AK

4

ID

12

MI

29

NY

14

TN

16

AZ

21

IL

31

MN

19

NC

20

TX

75

AR

11

IN

24

MS

5

ND

4

UT

10

CA

151

IA

17

MO

15

OH

29

VT

5

CO

29

KS

6

MT

7

OK

9

VA

25

CT

3

KY

7

NE

5

OR

8

WA

27

DE

8

LA

9

NV

10

PA

31

WV

4

DC

1

ME

6

NH

5

RI

2

WI

17

FL

66

MD

6

NJ

37

SC

17

WY

1

GA

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution of Massage Schools by
State in the USA in November 2004

 

According to the
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals website —
www.massagetherapy.com/careers/training.php
(the most comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date Internet listing) – there are
currently 1346 massage schools in the USA and by state they are distributed as
follows:

 

AL

11

HI

23

MA

35

NM

20

SD

8

AK

5

ID

13

MI

47

NY

24

TN

23

AZ

30

IL

52

MN

34

NC

25

TX

80

AR

9

IN

31

MS

7

ND

4

UT

11

CA

232

IA

21

MO

25

OH

45

VT

10

CO

47

KS

9

MT

8

OK

15

VA

32

CT

11

KY

10

NE

6

OR

15

WA

32

DE

12

LA

11

NV

16

PA

59

WV

6

DC

2

ME

10

NH

10

RI

2

WI

19

FL

81

MD

13

NJ

60

SC

17

WY

1

GA

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution in May 2007

There are now
1550 massage schools in the USA and by state they are distributed as follows:

AL

14

HI

23

MA

37

NM

18

SD

6

AK

8

ID

16

MI

55

NY

24

TN

23

AZ

30

IL

74

MN

44

NC

28

TX

97

AR

16

IN

30

MS

11

ND

3

UT

15

CA

264

IA

27

MO

24

OH

47

VT

13

CO

50

KS

13

MT

8

OK

14

VA

33

CT

10

KY

13

NE

6

OR

16

WA

36

DE

10

LA

11

NV

13

PA

64

WV

6

DC

2

ME

15

NH

11

RI

3

WI

26

FL

111

MD

13

NJ

72

SC

18

WY

2

GA

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL

 

HI

 

MA

 

NM

 

SD

 

AK

 

ID

 

MI

 

NY

 

TN

 

AZ

 

IL

 

MN

 

NC

 

TX

 

AR

 

IN

 

MS

 

ND

 

UT

 

CA

 

IA

 

MO

 

OH

 

VT

 

CO

 

KS

 

MT

 

OK

 

VA

 

CT

 

KY

 

NE

 

OR

 

WA

 

DE

 

LA

 

NV

 

PA

 

WV

 

DC

 

ME

 

NH

 

RI

 

WI

 

FL

 

MD

 

NJ

 

SC

 

WY

 

GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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