States with Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear energy is derived from a complicated process known as fission, which involves the splitting of uranium atoms. Nuclear power is generated in large nuclear reactors when the heat produced from the fission generates steam that powers the turbine generators. 

Nuclear energy is relatively safe in general, although when something goes wrong it does have devastating consequences. There have been a few famous disasters involving nuclear reactors, such as the Disaster at Chernobyl, the 3 Mile Island accident, and more recently the Fukushima nuclear disaster. These disasters happened because of insufficient safety standards or defective equipment, and resulted in large clouds of radiation spreading from the facilities. 

However, such incidents are rare, and since each of these events, safety standards have been improved drastically to ensure that such catastrophes do not happen again. 

The U.S. currently has 92 nuclear reactors in operation, spread out around various states all across the country. 

If you would like to learn more about the US nuclear power plants per state, please refer to the data in the charts. 

Number of Power Reactor Units by State

Alabama - Number of Power Reactor Units

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5

#4 in the US

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46,036

#4 in the US

Alaska - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#29 in the US

Arizona - Number of Power Reactor Units

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3

#12 in the US

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31,630

#10 in the US

Arkansas - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#17 in the US

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13,556

#21 in the US

California - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#18 in the US

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16,477

#18 in the US

Colorado - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#30 in the US

Connecticut - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#19 in the US

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17,217

#17 in the US

Delaware - Number of Power Reactor Units

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3

#13 in the US

Florida - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#6 in the US

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28,058

#14 in the US

Georgia - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#7 in the US

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33,952

#9 in the US

Hawaii - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#31 in the US

Idaho - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#32 in the US

Illinois - Number of Power Reactor Units

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11

#1 in the US

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96,994

#1 in the US

Indiana - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#33 in the US

Iowa - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#34 in the US

Kansas - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#23 in the US

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8,575

#25 in the US

Kentucky - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#35 in the US

Louisiana - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#20 in the US

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17,249

#16 in the US

Maine - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#36 in the US

Maryland - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#21 in the US

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14,994

#19 in the US

Massachusetts - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#37 in the US

Michigan - Number of Power Reactor Units

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3

#14 in the US

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34,338

#8 in the US

Minnesota - Number of Power Reactor Units

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3

#15 in the US

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14,123

#20 in the US

Mississippi - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#24 in the US

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11,772

#22 in the US

Missouri - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#25 in the US

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4,292

#28 in the US

Montana - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#38 in the US

Nebraska - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#26 in the US

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6,881

#27 in the US

Nevada - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#39 in the US

New Hampshire - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#27 in the US

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9,856

#24 in the US

New Jersey - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#40 in the US

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28,142

#13 in the US

New Mexico - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#41 in the US

New York - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#8 in the US

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31,140

#11 in the US

North Carolina - Number of Power Reactor Units

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7

#3 in the US

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43,118

#5 in the US

North Dakota - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#42 in the US

Ohio - Number of Power Reactor Units

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3

#16 in the US

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17,483

#15 in the US

Oklahoma - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#43 in the US

Oregon - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#44 in the US

Pennsylvania - Number of Power Reactor Units

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8

#2 in the US

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75,902

#2 in the US

Rhode Island - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#45 in the US

South Carolina - Number of Power Reactor Units

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5

#5 in the US

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53,771

#3 in the US

South Dakota - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#46 in the US

Tennessee - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#9 in the US

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35,330

#7 in the US

Texas - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#10 in the US

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40,211

#6 in the US

Utah - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#47 in the US

Vermont - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#48 in the US

Virginia - Number of Power Reactor Units

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4

#11 in the US

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28,572

#12 in the US

Washington - Number of Power Reactor Units

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1

#28 in the US

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8,511

#26 in the US

West Virginia - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#49 in the US

Wisconsin - Number of Power Reactor Units

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2

#22 in the US

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9,970

#23 in the US

Wyoming - Number of Power Reactor Units

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0

#50 in the US