Top 12 Cities and States For Practicing Physicians

Here are 12 best cities and states for physicians to practice, according to Medscape’s Best and Worst Places to Practice: 2013 report.
The cities and states are listed by region. Here are the cities and states that topped the list for 2013:
Southeast and South Central regions
Best state: Texas, with low physician density and cost of living, and few malpractice claims per capita
Best city: Austin, Texas, with an abundance of outdoor activities and live music
West and Northwest regions
Best state: Idaho, with affordable cost of living, low physician density and good housing market
Best city: Boise, with good quality schools, low crime rate and the Rocky Mountains
Southeast region
Best state: Tennessee, with good physician compensation, no state income tax and mild climate
Best cities: Nashville and Memphis, with good work-life balance reports, cultural amenities and music appreciation
Mid-Atlantic region
Best state: Virginia, with reasonable cost of living, below average physician density and low tax burden
Best cities: Arlington and Reston, with active downtown areas, recreational options and expanded commuting options
Great Lakes and North Central regions
Best state: Indiana, with good value and compensation, low malpractice payout and balanced lifestyle
Best city: Indianapolis, with strong healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, enthusiasm for sports and museums
Northeast region
Best state: New Hampshire, with ample nursing and PA support, low tax burden and affordable cost of living
Best cities: Manchester and Nashua, with low cost of living and tax base, cultural opportunities and scenic environment
Sources: Becker’s Spine Review