23 best states for practicing physicians in 2016

Here are the best states for physicians to practice, according to a 2016 Medscape report.

North Carolina

  • Recommended city: Apex
  • Research centers and hospitals
  • Affordable homes
  • Double-digit job growth
  • Ranked first as "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

 

Texas

  • Recommended city: Austin
  • Growing young population
  • Business-friendly environment
  • Influx of tech companies

 

  • Recommended city: Tyler
  • Hot destination for physicians
  • Affordable homes
  • Attractive to retirees
  • Many hospitals and rehabilitation services

 

Alabama

  • Recommended city: Birmingham
  • Good physician compensation
  • Low cost of living
  • Favorable malpractice environment
  • Good schools in some suburbs

 

Idaho

  • Recommended city: Boise
  • Spacious, slower-paced lifestyle
  • Very low cost of living
  • Good for working parents
  • Great ski resorts

 

Ohio

  • Recommended city: Columbus
  • Good schools
  • Ample job opportunities
  • Decent tax environment
  • Affordable cost of living

 

Colorado

  • Recommended city: Denver
  • Great appeal for younger people
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Low unemployment
  • Excellent growth and development

 

Iowa

  • Recommended city: Des Moines
  • Low cost of living
  • Fewer-than-average physicians
  • Financial and community well-being

 

California

  • Recommended city: Fremont
  • Outdoor attractions
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Highly rated schools
  • Restaurants and cultural attractions

 

  • Recommended city: San Jose
  • Booming tech area
  • Great climate
  • Young, educated workers
  • Many self-employed physicians

 

Michigan

  • Recommended city: Grand Rapids
  • Universities and medical schools
  • Hassle-free licensure process
  • Patient access to medical care

 

Indiana

  • Recommended city: Indianapolis
  • High compensation
  • Good housing value
  • Highly rated schools
  • Cultural activities and bike paths

 

Georgia

  • Recommended city: Johns Creek
  • Mild weather
  • Low cost of living
  • High physician wages
  • Excellent schools and amenities

 

Kentucky

  • Recommended city: Lexington
  • Good city for working parents
  • Low cost of living
  • Lower taxes
  • Growth in professional services

 

Wisconsin

  • Recommended city: Madison
  • High physician compensation
  • Good healthcare for residents
  • Strong economy
  • Intellectual engagement

 

New Hampshire

  • Recommended city: Manchester-Nashua
  • High physician wages
  • Low cost of living
  • Young, educated population
  • Amenities for empty-nesters

 

Minnesota

  • Recommended city: Minneapolis
  • Low malpractice payouts
  • Many Fortune 500 companies
  • Artistic and cultural activity

 

Tennessee

  • Recommended city: Murfreesboro
  • Good home values
  • Excellent family city
  • Low cost of living
  • Aggressively recruiting physicians

 

Nebraska

  • Recommended city: Omaha
  • High compensation
  • Affordable cost of living
  • Medical opportunities
  • Employment destination

 

Florida

  • Recommended city: Orlando
  • Warm weather
  • Growing science sector
  • Many cultural attractions
  • Team-oriented approach to medicine

 

Kansas

  • Recommended city: Overland Park
  • Low cost of living
  • Good schools
  • Moderate taxes
  • High quality of life

 

Pennsylvania

  • Recommended city: Pittsburgh
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Many cultural and sporting attractions
  • Reasonable rent
  • Tax-exempt social security payments

 

Oregon

  • Recommended city: Portland
  • High quality of life
  • Progressive city
  • Easy to get around
  • Vibrant local culture

 

Utah

  • Recommended city: Salt Lake City
  • Skiing and outdoor activities
  • Low cost of living
  • Community well-being
  • Good for older people

 

Arizona

  • Recommended city: Scottsdale
  • Beautiful golf courses
  • Great weather
  • Good for older residents
  • Fewer physicians than national average

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