Top 25 cities for physicians and the 5 worst

Top 25 cities for physicians and the 5 worst

According to Becker’s Hospital Review


When searching for a job, physicians often take several factors into consideration. Some look for a location near family and friends. Some look for a city with a large social scene. The decision might be based on income. Whatever the reason, Becker’s has published a list of the best and worst cities for physicians according to a study done by Medscape.

The data comes from five other sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Tax Foundation, Diederich Healthcare and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. Factors taken into consideration are top schools, income rates, tax rates, cultural environment, physical environment, density of existing physicians and many others.

The Best cities

  1. Apex, North Carolina
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Birmingham, Alabama
  4. Boise, Idaho
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Des Moines, Iowa
  8. Fremont, California
  9. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  10. Indianapolis, Indiana
  11. Johns Creek, Georgia
  12. Lexington, Kentucky
  13. Madison, Wisconsin
  14. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
  15. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  16. Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  17. Omaha, Nebraska
  18. Orlando, Florida
  19. Overland Park, Kansas
  20. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  21. Portland, Oregon
  22. Salt Lake City, Utah
  23. San Jose, California
  24. Scottsdale, Arizona
  25. Tyler, Texas

The Worst cities

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  2. Charleston, West Virginia
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Providence, Rhode Island

These lists are simply a compilation based off of the factors that many physicians express are important to them. The worst cities are based off of low compensation rates, higher costs of living, unemployment rates and overall health of the population of the city. But as Becker’s said, “While no best or worst city has all positive or negative features, the top locations offer a greater overall environment for physician practice.”

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