Travel Nursing lets you “try on” different cities, and the sheer variety between locations is often one of the things Travelers say they love most about the industry. And while every location will have its draws and drawbacks depending on the individual, do you ever wonder: What are the best cities for nurses?
Me too, so I did a bit of research and compiled some results that each use a data-driven approach to answer the question for Travelers, perm nurses, and students alike.
The SpareFoot Blog teamed up with the world’s biggest job site, Indeed, to isolate cities with the most RN job listings, also considering criteria like average annual salary, and median annual home and rent rates. With Houston at the number one spot, the Texas-heavy top 10 also included Tulsa, Dallas, Seattle, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Austin, Baltimore, Phoenix, and San Diego. Click here to see more.
Value Penguin Prospectus
ValuePenguin did a recent breakdown of their best cities for registered nurses that considered median salary, cost of living, and location quotient. Their report isolated the top five cities for RNs as Redding, California; Lawrence, Massachusetts; Hanford, California; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Value Penguin also extended their list to the top 100 cities for nurses, breaking down the average salary, volume of jobs, location quotient, cost of living, and an overall score for all 100. Click here to see all the rankings.
What’s Up According to WalletHub
WalletHub did a fabulous breakdown throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia reasoning with 15 different criteria that explored nursing job opportunities. Criteria included number of nursing jobs per capita, highest and lowest annual salaries adjusted for cost of living, number of facilities, competition or number of nurses per capita, and some stats on population age. The site also offers a Q&A with nursing experts on the state of the nursing industry. To see the full breakdown, click here. Here’s a quick visual breakdown of the overall state rankings.
Bottom Line: You Gotta Do You
In the end, every nurse will have their own reasons for choosing the cities and states they do at the times they do. For example, a location can valuable to a Travel Nurse because he or she has family or friends nearby, because they’ve always wanted to explore the area, or because the job is at a standout facility — not to even mention reasons of pay and cost of living. At the same time, reports like those listed above can provide a good starting point when trying to decide what location works best for you.