Best and Worst Cities for Physicians to Practice

Best and Worst Cities for Physicians to Practice

What makes a city more appealing than others for medical practice?

There are a variety of factors that come into play including life stage, personal interests, quality of life, career goals, or even the level of education of a physician’s spouse can all play a part. But at the end of the day, most physicians are looking for some combination of positive features, a high rate of compensation to good schools for their children and a high quality of life.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Tax Foundation, Diederich Healthcare—a malpractice insurer— and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, in addition to its proprietary reports, Medscape compiled a list of the best and worst places for physicians to practice in 2016.

The best cities boast top schools, high compensation, low tax rates, low malpractice payouts, strong economies, low density of physicians, cultural amenities and beautiful landscapes. The worst cities have high costs of living, high rates of unemployment, low compensation or unhealthy populations. While no city has all positive or negative features, the top locations offer a greater overall environment according to the report.  

Here are the 25 best cities and the five worst cities for physician practice as rated by Medscape.

Best cities

  1. Apex, N.C.
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Birmingham, Ala.
  4. Boise, Idaho
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Des Moines, Iowa
  8. Fremont, Calif.
  9. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  10. Indianapolis, Indiana
  11. Johns Creek, Ga.
  12. Lexington, Ky.
  13. Madison, Wis.
  14. Manchester-Nashua, N.H.
  15. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  16. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  17. Omaha, Neb.
  18. Orlando, Fla.
  19. Overland Park, Kan.
  20. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  21. Portland, Ore.
  22. Salt Lake City
  23. San Jose, Calif.
  24. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  25. Tyler, Texas

Worst cities

  1. Albuquerque, N.M.
  2. Charleston, W. Va.
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Jackson, Miss.
  5. Providence, R.I.

You can browse Medscapes full report here and to get to work in the best areas, contact ICON today!