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Workforce Analysis: What are the Best States for Nurses to Work In? The Worst States?

The Findings May Surprise You.

WalletHub, a personal finance website compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.

Source: WalletHub

Best and Worst States for Nurses

Best States Worst States
1. Washington 41. Kansas
2. Maine 42. Georgia
3. New Mexico 43. South Carolina
4. Minnesota 44. Tennessee
5. New Hampshire 45. Louisiana
6. Oregon 46. Mississippi
7. Arizona 47. Arkansas
8. Montana 48. Hawaii
9. Rhode Island 49. Alabama
10. Connecticut 50. Oklahoma

Best vs. Worst

  • California has the highest annual mean wage for registered nurses (adjusted for cost of living), $91,709, which is 1.5 times higher than in South Dakota, the lowest at $60,743.
  • Utah has the lowest current competition (number of nurses per 1,000 residents), 9, which is 2.2 times lower than in North Dakota, the highest at 20.
  • Nevada has the lowest future competition (projected number of nurses per 1,000 residents by 2028), 2, which is 11.5 times lower than in North Dakota, the highest at 23.
  • Minnesota has the highest ratio of nurses to hospital beds, 4.99, which is two times higher than in Wyoming, the lowest at 2.44.

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