Top 10 Places to Live & Work

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Physicians Thrive found the best places for physicians to not only work but for their families to thrive. Before you apply for your next job, check out our guide.


Get insights for each top place including:

Average Physician Salary

Learn what an annual income looks like for other practicing physicains in the area.

Opportunity Rank

Get to know what the opportunities each state has and what the competition is like for physicians.

Cost of Living Index

Compare annual income with the cost of living to ensure you find a place where you can thrive financially.

Incredible Features

Don't miss out on what makes each of the places unique and possibly the perfect fit for you.

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Every year we compile a list of the best places for physicians to live and work, starting with the comprehensive analysis done by Wallet Hub ranks states on factors such as opportunity and competition, medical environment, annual average wages for physicians, primary care provider shortage, malpractice premiums and payouts, and number of hospitals per capita. These factors speak directly to your work environment as physicians.

In addition we look at the state and local economies: Is the area growing? What is the unemployment rate? What is the median household income? We then add in livability factors – air quality, educational systems as well as back view of active family of two, father and son, enjoying valley and mountain view in yosemite national park, california, active family vacation concept educational demographics, cost of living, and of course, the fun factor. 

Finally, we subjectively chose representative cities within the leading physician-friendly states from’s latest available Best Places to Live and’s Places to Live.

Where are the best places for physicians to live and work in the United States? The answer, as you probably suspect, is highly subjective. We’ve done our best to include something for everyone—whether you prefer outdoor activities or quiet evenings at home; a night at the opera or an afternoon at the local arts fair.

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