Report: Georgia is one of the worst states for nurses

Looking for the best place to begin your career in the health care industry? A new study suggests that you should think twice before heading to Georgia, because it has been named one of the worst states for nurses by WalletHub.

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The finance website came up with its results by analyzing the 50 states and Washington D.C., using 18 metrics across two categories: opportunity and competition, and work environment.

Georgia came in at No. 43 overall, while Wisconsin and New Mexico took first and second place, respectively.

The state’s fewer nursing job openings and health care facilities per capita helped it fall to the bottom of the pack. It was also No. 47 for “lowest percentage of population aged 65 and older by 2030.” Wisconsin and New Mexico dominated in most of those areas, placing in the top five.

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But Georgia wasn’t the only state in the South to rank low. Mississippi came in at No. 40, Alabama was No. 47 and Louisiana was No. 48.

Want to know how the other cities fared? Here’s a map of the findings:

Source: WalletHub