Special Report

Best and Worst Cities for Nurses

Michael B. Sauter

One-third of all new jobs projected to be added through 2026 will be in the health care sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest share of those added jobs will be registered and licensed nurses, which together represent about 42% of the entire health care sector.

These latest employment projections are good news for the country’s aspiring and active nurses, but are hardly a surprise given the rampant growth that has already taken place as life expectancy increases and the baby boomer generation ages. The number of jobs in the health care profession rose by roughly 20% over the last decade.

As the frontline workers in an in-demand industry, today’s nurses often have the luxury of choosing the city in which they would like to work, and can expect to have little trouble finding employment. This is something those in few other major occupations can say.

Of course, not all metropolitan areas have as much demand for nurses, and not all pay as much as others. To identify the best and worst cities for nurses, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Bureau of Labor statistics, including salaries for registered and vocational nurses, health care sector growth, and the number of nursing positions.

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Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology.