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    Top 10 worst states to be a dentist

    We looked at every state and picked out the 10 worst for dentists this year.

    Ten best (or worst) lists are always fun but eternally debatable. There are a few ways people tend to look at these sorts of lists.

    The first is to question our findings: “Who are THEY to say that North Dentalsota is the best place for dentists to work?”

    The second is sort of a rubbernecking effect: “If those are the 10 best, then where are the 10 WORST?”

    Top 10 worst statesThe third — and the way that we intend for you to interpret these findings — is as a way to say, “Yay! I don’t work there!” or, “Oh boy. We have some work to do.”

    So, here we are.

    We compiled data from personal finance website WalletHub (giving us dental health rankings); U.S. News & World Report (who contracted researchers McKinsey & Company to evaluate the states for such metrics as healthcare, finance and crime rates); and the government’s Occupational Employment and Statistics program (to find out employment data specific to dentists).

    Click here to see how 2018 stacks up against last year

    We ranked each of the 11 metrics for every state on a scale from 1 to 50. The best state got a one, the worst got a 50. We then compiled those numbers — the best states got the lowest total; the worst (again, here we are) got the highest numbers.

    It’s important to realize that not one single dataset should define a state as the best or worst. For instance, if we ranked them solely on highest wage, Alaska would be in the top of the pack, yet other factors placed it squarely in the middle of this list. There are other considerations impacting quality of life, including crime, stress levels and education.

    The metrics that we used are:

    • Employment (the number of dentists in the state)
    • Mean annual wage
    • Location quotient (a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation in a region is as compared to the nation)
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Crime
    • Affordability
    • Stress
    • Dental habits
    • Insurance coverage
    • Oral health

    And with that, here is our ranking for the 10 worst states for dentists.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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