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Texas declared one of the best places to be a doctor

Texas declared one of the best places to be a doctor

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Texas is a great state to practice medicine.

Paging all doctors: If you're seeing patients in Texas, you've come to the right place. With its flourishing economy and high-quality care, Texas is the sixth best state for doctors. Financial website WalletHub sifted through factors such as income and job competition, and here's why Texas comes out on top.

To start with, doctors benefit from Texas' financial environment. As WalletHub points out, the average medical school graduate incurs about $180,000 in debt. While the starting income for a doctor in Texas is $47,600 — still the seventh highest in the nation — physicians and surgeons earn an average of $217,970 per year.

On top of that, doctors are in high demand in the Lone Star State. Currently, there are 153 doctors per 100,000 Texans; WalletHub expects that number to grow to 203 doctors per 100,000 people in the next six years.

There's good news for patients too. The report analyzed the quality of medical care in each state, and Texas ranks the fourth best. Quality of care is demonstrated by a low number of malpractice payouts and disciplinary actions as well as reasonable malpractice liability insurance rates.

Texas isn't just great for doctors; professionals across the medical field are thriving in the Lone Star State. In fact, Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio rank among the best cities for registered nurses.