The Top 10 best healthcare cities in the US and how to get hired there now

Right now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the jobs of healthcare workers are more important than ever.

While every city across the country needs healthcare workers, there are some cities that are better than others in terms of quality of life for their healthcare workers. A new study, done by Apartment Guide, took a look at which cities have the most hospitals, medical centers, clinics, physicians, and surgeons per capita and analyzed the average cost of healthcare in each area to determine the best cities for healthcare.

Florida, which has the second-highest percentage of people aged 65 or older in the nation, landed three out of the top 10 spots on the list, with Orlando claiming the absolute top spot. Take a look at all the top 10 cities for healthcare in the US and how you can get hired in each one right now.

1. Orlando, Florida

Orlando claimed the top spot on the best city for the healthcare list. Orlando’s healthcare system is currently growing, with openings of brand new hospitals in recent years.

Hospitals per capita: 10

Medical centers per capita: 154.9

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,752.3

Health care index (cost of living): 100.5

Open healthcare roles in Orlando, Florida include an RN Manager in Clinical Pharma Operations at United BioSource Corporation, a Physician Partner Track at United Anesthesia Partners, and a Primary Care Physician at ChenMed.

AdventHealth is also currently hiring for a variety of healthcare roles in Orlando including a Pediatric Genetic Counselor, a Pediatric Hospitalist, and a Geriatrics Physician.

2.   Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington has a long history of leadership in healthcare, specifically for those suffering from the effects of abuse of controlled substances. During the Great Depression, the U.S. Public Health Service established the Addiction Research Center at its Lexington hospital. The revolutionary facility was one of the first drug rehab clinics in America, which later expanded the program into the first full-blown alcohol and drug rehabilitation hospital in the nation.

Lexington is a college town, which keeps rent costs dar below other cities. An average one-bedroom apartment leases for $928 a month.

Hospitals per capita: 5.9

Medical centers per capita: 85.1

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,064.1

Health care index (cost of living): 78.9

Open healthcare roles in Lexington, Kentucky include an RN Branch Director at Senior Home Care, a Director of Nursing 4H Cardiac Tele at Baptist Health System Inc, a Market Director of Rehab and Sports Medicine at Catholic Health Initiatives, and a Physician Assistant Neurosurgery at New Lexington Clinic.

3. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the world’s great medical institutions. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System is the second-largest employer in the city and the state (behind only the University itself).

Hopkins is the most well known, but the city also offers a number of other top-level medical centers including second-ranked Mercy Medical Center, the private Sinai Hospital, and St. Agnes Hospital teaching hospital.

Hospitals per capita: 5.6

Medical centers per capita: 69.3

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,057.3

Health care index (cost of living): 85.2

Current open roles in Baltimore, Maryland including a Physician Assistant role and a Clinical Specialist Pharm role at Johns Hopkins University.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is currently hiring for a variety of positions, including a Medical Director of the Pediatric Feeding Program, a Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Unit, and an Associate Medical Director of Neurodevelopmental Pediatrican.

4.  Plano, Texas

With ten hospitals in Plano, there are a total of nearly 1,400 hospital beds in the Texan city. There are a number of industry leading hospitals, including The Children’s Medical Center Plano and Baylor Scott & White – The Heart Hospital Plano. Both Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Medical Center of Plano are among U.S. News’ highest-ranked medical facilities.

Hospitals per capita: 5.9

Medical centers per capita: 75.1

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 724.5

Health care index (cost of living): 85.2

CommScope is currently hiring for a National Director Of Patient ObservationMpower Health is looking to hire a NeurologistOscar Health Insurance Co is looking for a Telemedicine Physician.

5. St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is another national healthcare leader.  A little over 20 years ago, the Daughters of Charity National Health System and Sisters of St. Joseph Health System merged to create Ascension, which now is present nationwide and manages the second-most number of hospitals in the entire nation.

Hospitals per capita: 8.4

Medical centers per capita: 121.8

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 2,169

Health care index (cost of living): 91.2

Burrell is currently hiring for a variety of healthcare roles, including an Associate Medical Director, a Clinical Intake Specialist, and a Director of Nursing

Other open healthcare roles near St. Louis, Missouri include a Director-Emergency Services at Mercy and a Nurse Manager at the Lester E Cox Medical Centers.

6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is home to America’s first hospital west of the Atlantic coast, its first military hospital and the nation’s first Mercy hospital.

Doctors in Pittsburgh shepherded modern brain surgery, heart-lung transplants for cystic fibrosis patients, pediatric liver, heart, lung, kidney and limb transplants and robotic arm replacement technology.

The city is home to renowned healthcare systems including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The city has an abundance of healthcare available, having both the second-most hospitals and second-most doctors per capita of any in the nation.

Hospitals per capita: 11.9

Medical centers per capita: 129.6

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 2,014.5

Health care index (cost of living): 93

Open roles in the healthcare industry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania include a Unit Director of Medical/Surgical ICU at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Director of Nursing at HCR ManorCare, and an Endodontist at North American Dental Group.

7.  Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is one of the most attractive cities for medical professionals, ranking in Medscape’s “Best Places to Practice” for doctors in America, citing Scottsdale’s high scores in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and its numerous golf courses.

The city is also affordable for renters, with an average one-bedroom unit rents for just $1,798 a month.

Hospitals per capita: 2.8

Medical centers per capita: 143.6

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,160.2

Health care index (cost of living): 90.1

Healthcare roles currently open in Scottsdale, Arizona include an Anesthesiologist at United Anesthesia Partners, a Faculty Physician at Dignity Health, and a Primary Care Physician at Iora Health.

8. Tulsa, Oklahoma

As recently as 2016, Tulsa was ranked among the bottom 10 in overall healthcare quality in the nation but has seen a marked increase in the last few years in categories like affordability, prevention, treatment, avoidable use, cost and outcomes.

Hospitals per capita: 4.7

Medical centers per capita: 85.1

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 852.9

Health care index (cost of living): 91.6

Open roles in Tulsa include a Surgical Oncologist at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a Director of Cardio Services at Saint Francis Health System, and a Director of Emergency Department at Hillcrest Healthcare System.

Ascension is currently hiring for a variety of roles in Tulsa, Oklahoma including a Physician and an RN Director Cardiovascular Services.

9. Tampa, Florida

Tampa has a total of 23 hospitals, including the century-old Tampa General Hospital at the tip of the Davis Islands and Moffitt Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center based in Florida, which was rated among the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Tampa is also the world headquarters for the international pediatric non-profit medical organization Shriners Hospitals for Children, which is a network of 22 hospitals and medical facilities specializing in orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries offers care for patients under 18, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to being the organization’s home city, Shriners Hospitals has a facility in Tampa, concentrating on pediatric orthopedics.

Hospitals per capita: 6

Medical centers per capita: 137.8

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,256.3

Health care index (cost of living): 98.2

HCA Holdings is currently hiring for a variety of roles in Miami, Florida including a Laboratory Director, an Ambulatory Surgery Division Pharmacist, and a Director of Infection Prevention.

Other open healthcare jobs in Miami include a Director of Nursing at The Mentor Network and an Endodontist at Coast Dental Services.

10. Miami, Florida

Miami is not only a popular getaway location, but a great location for healthcare workers. The Florida city has second-most hospitals of any city in America, and the most per capita. Miami even has 12 more hospitals than New York City.

Healthcare is so important in Miami that the city features an entire neighborhood known as the Health District, a center for hospitals, research organizations, clinics, medical centers and biotech institutes, including facilities like Jackson Memorial Hospital and educational institutions like the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. This district is America’s second-highest concentration of medical and research facilities in one area.

Hospitals per capita: 12.1

Medical centers per capita: 215.2

Physicians and surgeons per capita: 1,501.5

Health care index (cost of living): 100.5

Open roles in Miami, Florida include an Orthopedic Surgeon at ChenMed, a Physician Home Care & Inpatient at Vitas Healthcare, a Telemedicine Physician at Oscar Health Insurance Co, and a Clinical Director at Rogers Memorial Hospital.