If you're a registered nurse living in Dallas, you've chosen one of the best cities for your profession. Austin-based SpareFoot recently released a list of the 10 best U.S. cities for registered nurses, which shows Dallas as one of the prime destinations.
The site teamed up with Indeed to find the 10 metro areas with the most job listings for registered nurses, as well as the average salaries for those positions in each city. SpareFoot also aggregated the median rent and home prices based on 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The site then ranked each metro area based on these metrics, giving twice as much weight to job availability.
In Dallas, which ranks No. 3 on the list, nurses make an average salary of $71,000 (the fifth highest on the list). With a median home price of $150,000 and median annual rent of $10,848, the metro area is "surprisingly affordable for a nurse," says SpareFoot. Dallas also has 8.3 percent of the share of nursing jobs among the top 10 cities.
Houston ranks first in every category, leading SpareFoot to say the city is "hands-down the best metro area for registered nurses." The Houston metro has the largest share of nursing jobs: 14.6 percent. The city also offers the highest average salary for registered nurses ($78,000) as well as a low median home price ($141,400) and median annual rent ($10,728).
Two other Texas cities land on the list: San Antonio ranks No. 5, with an average salary of $62,000, and Austin ranks No. 7, with an average salary of $65,000.