I made a Part 107 Pilot density map by State and County, see how your area stacks up.

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Here's a link to the images for the state and county data: Part 107 Pilots by State and County

The pilot data is from the FAA and the values have been normalized to the county and state population data from the US census. The pilot data is from 1/1/2018.

Maybe not surprisingly, but areas with high energy production seem to have a higher density of pilots, but that's just my interpretation.

The densest counties are (per 10,000):
  1. Nome, AK (71.59)
  2. Storey, NV (27.15)
  3. Clark, ID (23.26)
  4. Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon, AK (18.95)
  5. Jefferson, LA (16.87)
  6. San Miguel, CO (16.22)
  7. Haines, AK (16.03)
  8. Borden, TX (15.80)
  9. Denali, AK (15.36)
  10. Teton, WY (14.66)
And the densest states are (per 10,000):
  1. Alaska (7.30)
  2. North Dakota (4.99)
  3. Colorado (4.18)
  4. Montana (4.17)
  5. Wyoming (4.16)
  6. Idaho (3.91)
  7. Hawaii (3.43)
  8. Oregon (3.17)
  9. Maine (2.972)
  10. Kansas (2.969)
The lowest states (including Washington DC) are (per 10,000):
42. Michigan (1.723)
43. Mississippi (1.719)
44. Louisiana (1.62)
45. Massachusetts (1.598)
46. West Virginia (1.597)
47. Pennsylvania (1.53)
48. New Jersey (1.42)
49. District Of Columbia (1.41)
50. Rhode Island (1.24)
51. New York (1.22)
 

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Wow, Alaska is crushing it.
 
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Wv. has got to be in the wrong place on your assumption based on energy production. I'm not dogmatic about it, because I have not checked the facts for sure. We have a low population, but high energy production. Probably a good place to get a part 107 license.
 
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Nice job on that info. I belive those number will be similar for certified fixed wing pilots also. Not certain but I wouldn’t be surprised.
 
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I belive those number will be similar for certified fixed wing pilots also.
It would be interesting to see. I could try it on the state level, but the county level took a lot of work to get it into this form. Some of you have too many counties in your state!
 
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I know you put some serious time into that. Much appreciated by many of us though. Thank you
 
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Wv. has got to be in the wrong place on your assumption based on energy production.
But most of WV's energy production is underground, right? The top 5 states have abundant open pit mining, wells, and pipelines. That was my explanation for the data, but maybe they just really like flying drones...
 
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But most of WV's energy production is underground, right? The top 5 states have abundant open pit mining, wells, and pipelines. That was my explanation for the data, but maybe they just really like flying drones...
You did great work. I checked it out. In 2017 West Virginia is fourth in the nation for energy production. Right now we are having a gas fracking boom. There are right aways going everywhere and new gas Wells going in. I know we have more power plants than we could ever use electricity for. Most of it goes out of state, I think? We have wind generators on the top of the mountain ranges. I retired last year. But I was a pipefitter working in the power plants. I worked out on oil wells and building cracker plants. West Virginia is also real big and chemical production.
 
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Here's a link to the images for the state and county data: Part 107 Pilots by State and County

The pilot data is from the FAA and the values have been normalized to the county and state population data from the US census. The pilot data is from 1/1/2018.

Maybe not surprisingly, but areas with high energy production seem to have a higher density of pilots, but that's just my interpretation.

The densest counties are (per 10,000):
  1. Nome, AK (71.59)
  2. Storey, NV (27.15)
  3. Clark, ID (23.26)
  4. Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon, AK (18.95)
  5. Jefferson, LA (16.87)
  6. San Miguel, CO (16.22)
  7. Haines, AK (16.03)
  8. Borden, TX (15.80)
  9. Denali, AK (15.36)
  10. Teton, WY (14.66)
And the densest states are (per 10,000):
  1. Alaska (7.30)
  2. North Dakota (4.99)
  3. Colorado (4.18)
  4. Montana (4.17)
  5. Wyoming (4.16)
  6. Idaho (3.91)
  7. Hawaii (3.43)
  8. Oregon (3.17)
  9. Maine (2.972)
  10. Kansas (2.969)
The lowest states (including Washington DC) are (per 10,000):
42. Michigan (1.723)
43. Mississippi (1.719)
44. Louisiana (1.62)
45. Massachusetts (1.598)
46. West Virginia (1.597)
47. Pennsylvania (1.53)
48. New Jersey (1.42)
49. District Of Columbia (1.41)
50. Rhode Island (1.24)
51. New York (1.22)
y state came in last place. i can see why since they make us feel like felons when we try to fly
 

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