Career Connection: The 10 Best Cities for Single Health Care Professionals

Which urban centers offer the best opportunities for single health care professionals?

If you are a single physician, nurse practitioner, hospitalist, or other health care professional, you’re not alone. A recent report by a US financial researcher indicates that—for the very first time—there are more single people in our country than married couples. Back in 1976, when the government first began gathering such data, 37.4 percent of the population was single. Today, 50.2 percent of those 16 years or older have never been married or are currently divorced.

Embracing this trend, Rent.com, the nation’s leading rental-listing website, recently analyzed its database to determine the top 10 US cities for single adults. After examining locations with more than 50,000 rental units, populations of 100,000 or more, and high concentrations of singles, they narrowed their selection to those with single-friendly rental rates, superior safety, nightlife, and restaurant options. They based their ratings index on a scale from one to 1,000, with higher scores more favorable than lower ones.

We’ve taken their approach a step further, combining information from the Rent.com report with details from the HEALTHeCAREERS Network database to create the ultimate ‘Best Cities’ list for single health care professionals.

10. Chicago, Illinois

With a population of 2,703,799, Chicago is the third most populous city in the US. Of the city’s residents, 23 percent are single, and they pay a median one-bedroom rental rate of $1,150. The city scored high on the nightlife options index (869) and very well on the restaurant options index (507). There are more than 500 health care jobs in Chicago currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Centene Corporation, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems, Loyola University Medical Center, Metro Infectious Disease Consultants, and Tenet Healthcare.

9. Jersey City, New Jersey

The population of Jersey City is 252,335—23 percent of which is single. Median rent in this New York City adjacent metropolis is $2,480. New Jersey earned a 421 on the nightlife options index and 512 on the restaurant options index. There are more than 700 health care jobs in the Jersey City area currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Aureus Medical Group, Merritt Hawkins, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Sterling Medical, and The Institute for Family Health.

8. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon landed in eighth place on Rent.com’s list with a population of 605,247, 24 percent of which are single. Median one-bedroom rent is $1,335, and the city earned a nightlife options index of 383 and a restaurant options index of 168. There are more than 200 health care jobs in Portland currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Adventist Health, Legacy Health, Merritt Hawkins, Northwest Permanente P.C., Providence Health & Services, and ZoomCare.

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a median one-bedroom rent at $1,395, Minneapolis is quite affordable. It has a population of 389,314—25 percent of which is single—and earned a 149 on the nightlife options index and 108 on the restaurant options index. LinkedIn previously ranked it as the third best city for recent college graduates as well. There are more than 200 health care jobs in Minneapolis currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Allina Health, Army Medical Department (AMEDD), CompHealth, Fairview Health Services, Merritt Hawkins, and Weatherby Healthcare.

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The City of Brotherly Love boasts a population of 1,543,884—26 percent of which is single. Median one-bedroom rent is affordable at $1,295, and nightlife (502 on the index) and restaurant (340 on the index) options are plentiful. There are nearly 500 health care jobs in Philadelphia currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Aureus Medical Group, Children’s Surgical Associates LTD, Crozer-Keystone Health Network, Merritt Hawkins, and Penn Medicine.

5. Seattle, Washington

With a population of 627,704 and median one-bedroom rental rate of $1,584, Seattle landed fifth on Rent.com’s list. Comprised of 30 percent singles, this java mecca scored a 302 on the nightlife options index and 199 on the restaurant options index. There are more than 500 health care jobs in Seattle currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include AdvancedPractice.com, Group Health Permanente, HealthForce Partners, Merritt Hawkins, Providence Health and Services, and Swedish Health Services.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

The population of Boston is 632,091—a whopping 33 percent of which is single. Median rent in this historical metropolis is $3,150. It earned a 192 on the nightlife options index and 224 on the restaurant options index. There are more than 600 health care jobs in the Boston area currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Aureus Medical Group, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Edelstein and Company, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, One Medical Group, and Sterling Medical.

3. Washington, DC

In this capital city with a population of 623,996, 38 percent are single. Median one-bedroom rent is on the higher side at $2,300 per month, though the thriving town earned a 173 and 228 on the nightlife and restaurant options indices, respectively. There are nearly 600 health care jobs in the DC area currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include CompHealth, Diamond Healthcare Corporation, ISI Professional Services, Maxim Healthcare Services, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Universal Health Services, Inc.

2. New York, New York

The Big Apple boasts a population of 1,572,295—38 percent of which is single—as well as the least affordable median one-bedroom rental rate on the list ($3,800/month). The cost of living may be worth it, however. The city scored a perfect 1,000 on both the nightlife and restaurant option indices. There are also nearly 800 health care jobs within a 50-mile radius of New York City currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include Advanced ICU Care, AdvantageCare Physicians, Bassett Medical Center, Fidelis Care New York, Mount Sinai Health System, One Medical Group, and SpineSearch.

1. San Francisco, California

Number one on the list, San Francisco has a population of 813,433—39 percent of which is single. While the median one-bedroom rental rate is on the high side at $2,920 per month, the city has a nightlife options index score of 374 and restaurant option index score of 236. There are also more than 300 health care jobs in the San Francisco area currently posted on HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Health care employers in the area include American Mobile, Aureus Medical Group, Bosley, Health Plan of San Mateo, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, UCSF Medical Center, WellPoint, and Yoh Health Care.

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About the Author

Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for HEALTHeCAREERS.com, which operates Career Connection for ACOG.

 

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