Best & worst states for physicians to practice, ranked by Medscape

Minnesota and Kentucky are the best and worst states for physicians to practice, respectively, according to Medscape's 2019 report.

Medscape ranked the states based on physician compensation, adjusted cost of living, malpractice payouts and adverse actions against physicians. States' livability, population health and fiscal stability also played a role in determining the states' overall rankings.

How the top 25 states ranked:

1. Minnesota
Suggested community: Woodbury

2. Iowa
Suggested community: Iowa City

3. Wisconsin
Suggested community: Madison

4. Utah
Suggested community: Orem

5. Hawaii
Suggested community: Kapa'a

6. Washington
Suggested community: Richland

7. Nebraska
Suggested community: Bellevue

8. South Dakota
Suggested community: Sioux Falls

9. Massachusetts
Suggested community: Newton

10. Vermont
Suggested community: Colchester

11. North Dakota
Suggested community: Bismarck

12. Idaho
Suggested community Boise

13. New Hampshire
Suggested community: Nashua

14. Colorado
Suggested community: Highlands Ranch

15. Montana
Suggested community: Billings

16. Delaware
Suggested community: Hockessin

17. North Carolina
Suggested community: Cary

18. Oregon
Suggested community: Corvallis

19. Virginia
Suggested community: Ashburn

20. Maine
Suggested community: South Portland

21. New York
Suggested community: Albany

22. Rhode Island
Suggested community Kingston

23. Maryland
Suggested community: Ellicott City

24. New Jersey
Suggested community: Parsippany-Troy Hills

25. California
Suggested community: Dublin

Five worst states:

1. Kentucky

2. West Virginia

3. Louisiana

4. Nevada

5. Oklahoma

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