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N.Y. ranks 39 on list of best states for nursing opportunities

Rochester Business Journal
May 28, 2014

New York ranks among the bottom third of states for the nursing industry, according to a new report by WalletHub.

The 2014 Best & Worst States for Nurses ranks New York No. 39 among the 50 states and District of Columbia in terms of working in the industry. WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that has financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—used 15 metrics to gauge a state’s nursing friendliness.

Oregon ranked as the best state for nurses, and Mississippi ranked 51st.

“The nursing industry—like most segments of the economy—is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major overarching socioeconomic dynamics, from the aging U.S. population and the Affordable Care Act to the student loan crisis and concerns about the future of key entitlement programs,” the report notes.

Among the findings, the District of Columbia has the most nursing job openings; New York ranked 47th. The Empire State ranked 48th in terms of salaries, adjusted for cost of living, while Texas was the highest.

The most health care facilities per capita can be found in Oregon, while Delaware has the fewest. Florida has the highest percentage of people over age 64, while Utah has the lowest.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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