These are the top 10 cities for registered nurses

If you live in California or Massachusetts, you’re in luck!

These are the top 10 cities for registered nurses

The health care industry is in the middle of a huge growth spurt. Last month, the industry accounted for more than 600,000 help wanted ads, the third consecutive month it hit that mark, according to the latest data from Wanted Analytics.

In particular, registered nurses positions are increasing at a blazing clip, the data shows. RN jobs are expected to rise by 19% through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These nurses earn an average of $57,000 annually, according to PayScale.

With all of these positions up for grabs, you might be wondering which U.S. cities are considered the best for RNs. According to data from ValuePenguin, a New York-based personal finance website that offers in-depth research and tools, you’re in luck if you live in California or Massachusetts. Cities in these two states make up the top four slots and account for 10 out of the top 25.

“We do this study for a variety of a careers, aiming to educate—perhaps even entertain—professionals about where their cities rank,” says ValuePenguin associate editor Andrew Pentis. “Basically, we set out to find the best city for each profession, and we reach our conclusions by looking at various data points: average annual salary, number of jobs, cost of living and location quotient (a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular industry, cluster, occupation, or demographic group is in a region as compared to the nation).” 

These are the top 10 cities according to ValuePenguin’s study:

  1. Redding, California
  2. Lawrence, Massachusetts
  3. Hanford, California
  4. Worcester, Massachusetts
  5. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  6. Chico, California
  7. New Haven, Connecticut
  8. Boston
  9. Rochester, Minnesota
  10. Durham, North Carolina

Pentis says whenever ValuePenguin conducts a best city study, the company doesn’t have particular expectations for how it will turn out. “We try to let the data determine the results.”

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