12 Best Cities & States for Physicians to Practice

Laura Dyrda -  

Here are 12 best cities and states for physicians to practice, according to Medscape's Best and Worst Places to Practice: 2013 report.

 

The report listed cities and states by region. Here are the cities and states that topped the list for 2013:

 

Southeast and South Central regions
Best state: Texas, with low physician density and cost of living, and few malpractice claims per capita

 

Best city: Austin, Texas, with an abundance of outdoor activities and live music

 

West and Northwest regions
Best state: Idaho, with affordable cost of living, low physician density and good housing market

 

Best city: Boise, with good quality schools, low crime rate and the Rocky Mountains

 

Southeast region
Best state: Tennessee, with good physician compensation, no state income tax and mild climate

 

Best cities: Nashville and Memphis, with good work-life balance reports, cultural amenities and music appreciation

 

Mid-Atlantic region
Best state: Virginia, with reasonable cost of living, below average physician density and low tax burden

 

Best cities: Arlington and Reston, with active downtown areas, recreational options and expanded commuting options

 

Great Lakes and North Central regions
Best state: Indiana, with good value and compensation, low malpractice payout and balanced lifestyle

 

Best city: Indianapolis, with strong healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, enthusiasm for sports and museums

 

Northeast region
Best state: New Hampshire, with ample nursing and PA support, low tax burden and affordable cost of living

 

Best cities: Manchester and Nashua, with low cost of living and tax base, cultural opportunities and scenic environment

 

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