Many of us decide where we want to practice medicine based on subjective factors like family, climate, or familiarity with a region. Now WalletHub has compiled a list of the best states to be a doctor. It is based on more objective categories like physicians per capita, punitive medical boards, and cost of malpractice insurance.
The top five states to be a doctor? They are Mississippi, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Idaho. The bottom five are District of Columbia, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut. Some surprising facts found in the survey--Missouri is one of the most competitive states to be a doctor with physicians per capita just behind New York and D.C. Wyoming has the most punitive state medical board in the country. If you're afraid of getting sued, North Dakota has the lowest malpractice award payout of all the states.
Go check out the survey for more fascinating details.