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    The best and worst states to work in a dental practice: 2017

    From 1 to 50, we looked at each state to see how it really stacks up for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental front office team members.

    Whether you’re a big-city person or a suburbanite through and through, we all have our personal preferences when it comes to where we call home.

    Maybe you can’t imagine leaving your home state, moving to a rural area or navigating your way through a busy metropolis. Perhaps the idea of trudging through Northern snow makes you shiver with revulsion, or the sound of a dry heat makes you break out in a nervous sweat. But is your favorite place to live actually the best place to work?  

    Regardless of your preferences or reasons for living where you do, you may not actually be in a great place to work in a dental practice! Back in 2015, we took a look at which states were the most favorable for dental professionals—and this year, decided it was time to update that list. Using a set of 11 criteria, we examined the best and worst states to work in a dental practice.  

    Related reading: The best and worst states to work in a dental practice: 2015

    The 11 criteria we examined were:

    • Median income
    • Percentage of population who visited the dentist in the past year
    • Population’s dental habits
    • Population’s level of oral health
    • Percentage of population that is uninsured
    • Percentage of population on Medicaid
    • Cost of living
    • Education level of patients
    • Crime statistics
    • Population’s overall well-being
    • Population’s financial savviness

    We assessed each of these categories and gave each state a ranking between one and 50 (with one being the best and 50 the worst). Then, we compiled the number rankings for each state to come up with a final score. As in golf, the lower the better! We then ranked the states from one to 50 based on that final score to find out which states were the best and worst to work in a dental practice. Interestingly, the list was largely different from what it was in 2015—and the results may surprise you!

    Read on to see where your state ranked and why it ended up where it did on our national rankings.

     

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