The 10 Best, Worst States for Nurses


By Ayla Ellison

Maine is the best state for nurses, according to a recent analysis.

To determine the best and worst states for nurses, analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two dimensions: opportunity and competition; and work environment. Analysts evaluated those two dimensions using 21 metrics.

Here are the 10 best states for nurses based on the analysis.


1. Maine


2. Montana


3. Washington


4. Wyoming


5. New Mexico


6. Minnesota


7. Arizona


8. New Hampshire


9. Oregon


10. Colorado


Here are the 10 worst states for nurses.


1. District of Columbia


2. Hawaii


3. Vermont


4. Alabama


5. Louisiana


6. Tennessee


7. New York


8. Oklahoma


9. Mississippi


10. Ohio


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