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How many writers are there in the United States?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 131,200 writers and authors in the U.S. in 2019.  Now, this number doesn’t really tell us much, since ‘writer’ applies to everyone from bloggers to copywriters to fiction writers to – ya, you get it. Anyone who writes.

This number is most likely taken from people who file their taxes as writers and since most writers, have other full time jobs, it’s difficult to tell how many writers are in the United States and even harder to give numbers broken down by type of writing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website has a separate listing for ‘Technical Writers‘ who numbered 58,400 in 2019.

Out of interest, the page for editors, says there were 118,700 editors in the U.S.

Just to show you how out of sync with reality these numbers are, there were over 4 million books published in the US in 2019. This includes self-published and commercially published books of all types.

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