Special Report

The Best and Worst States to Be a Dentist

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1. Massachusetts
> Cost of living-adjusted annual income for dentists: $163,395 (12th lowest)
> Dentists per 100,000 people: 82.7 (the highest)
> Quality of life rank: 1st out of 50
> Adults who visited the dentist in past year: 73.7% (4th highest)

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2. Connecticut
> Cost of living-adjusted annual income for dentists: $196,319 (19th highest)
> Dentists per 100,000 people: 74.4 (6th highest)
> Quality of life rank: 8th out of 50
> Adults who visited the dentist in past year: 77.8% (the highest)

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3. California
> Cost of living-adjusted annual income for dentists: $129,069 (the lowest)
> Dentists per 100,000 people: 77.5 (4th highest)
> Quality of life rank: 14th out of 50
> Adults who visited the dentist in past year: 67.1% (21st highest)

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4. New Jersey
> Cost of living-adjusted annual income for dentists: $148,061 (7th lowest)
> Dentists per 100,000 people: 77.6 (3rd highest)
> Quality of life rank: 2nd out of 50
> Adults who visited the dentist in past year: 73.4% (5th highest)

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5. New York
> Cost of living-adjusted annual income for dentists: $138,526 (5th lowest)
> Dentists per 100,000 people: 74.4 (6th highest)
> Quality of life rank: 12th out of 50
> Adults who visited the dentist in past year: 68.5% (17th highest)

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