The Best and Worst States to Be A Nurse

Maine is the top place to be a nurse, and D.C. is the worst, according to new survey results. Where does your state land on the list?

The nursing industry is alive and well, and it is expected to grow at more than double the rate of the average occupation through 2026. But where is it best, and worst, to be a nurse?

New findings from WalletHub, as determined by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 crucial metrics, including average salary, average starting salary, nursing job openings, patient ratios, and more, offer some insight. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most promising conditions to be a nurse.

Below are the top five best and worst states and their scores, as found by the survey, as well as other key findings.

Top Five Best Places to Be A Nurse

  1. Maine (62.96/100)
  2. Montana (62.07/100)
  3. Washington (61.41/100)
  4. Wyoming (61.31/100)
  5. New Mexico (61.11/100)

Top Five Worst Places to Be A Nurse

  1. District of Columbia (33.08/100)
  2. Hawaii (38.49/100)
  3. Vermont (44.88/100)
  4. Alabama (45.58/100)
  5. Louisiana (46.27/100)

Most Nursing Job Openings Per Capita: Vermont
Highest Annual Nursing Salary, Adjusted for Cost of Living: Arizona
Most Healthcare Facilities Per Capita: South Dakota
Lowest Competition by 2024: Nevada
Highest Percentage of Population Aged 65+ by 2030: Florida

Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.