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Best Cities in the Northeast for a Career in Healthcare

Best Cities in the Northeast for a Career in Healthcare
By The original uploader was Bobak at English Wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
When you are looking for a place to launch your next healthcare career move, you are also looking for a place to call home.

For you, does that mean returning to the place where you were born and raised, or does that mean experiencing a whole new location?

The Northeast of the United States is a beautiful location with a rich historical background. Many will claim that autumn in the Northeast is the most picturesque place in the States. There are also world-famous sites like Martha’s Vineyard, Niagara Falls, New York City, and Gettysburg.

You get the diversity of Amish countryside and Ivy League college towns – amazing places to visit and an amazing place to live. Unfortunately, the Northeast can also have a high cost of living! That’s why you need to look for the best cities in the Northeast that will offer you a high number of health care jobs, a competitive salary, and the most affordable housing prices.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA is a great city for a career in healthcare
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Known far and wide as the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia also offers solid job opportunities in many different fields, not only health care. This city has managed to hold an unemployment rate lower than other comparable cities and is a center for tourism and historical sites.

Many large biomedical and pharmaceutical companies are stationed in Philadelphia, but you could also be working at large hospitals, such as the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The average salary is $59,793 with the cost of living rated at 17% higher than the national average.

Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, CT is another great city in the Northeast for a career in the healthcare industry
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Hartford is a city steeped in tradition and age-old intuitions such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the U.S. The city also houses many leading-edge companies in fields such as pharmaceuticals, education, manufacturing and insurance.

Two of the biggest health care employers are Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Living in Hartford, you can enjoy a high average salary paired with a lower cost of living in a beautiful and vibrant location. The average salary is $68,217 with the cost of living sitting at 17% higher than the national average.

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY is a great city for a career in healthcare
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Buffalo is the second largest city in the state of New York and offers a vast amount of greenspace, historic sites along the waterfront, and an exciting blend of diverse cuisines.

Most likely you are going to start by looking for a health care job in the Catholic Health System that includes 5 major hospitals as well as home care. Although there is a high unemployment rate, the average salary is $48,781. And you can save with a cost of living that is 4% lower than the national average.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA is a great city and a great place to be a healthcare professional
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Who wouldn’t like to have an address in Boston? This monumental city is one of the largest cities in the U.S. Home to over 21 colleges and universities, it continues to rank as a national center for higher education. Boston not only has numerous jobs in education but also is bringing in many high-tech industries. With that is money!

The average salary in Boston is $70,971 which is higher than the usual, but it can also be expensive to live in this famous city with a cost of living at 48% higher than the national average. Fortunately, you could be looking for jobs at top hospitals like the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, or the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA is a great job market for healthcare
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Pittsburgh has always been known as a thriving manufacturing base for industries. Today that is no different, but Pittsburgh is now leading the way with healthcare, education, technology, robotics, fashion, and financial industries calling this city home.

Pittsburgh has the highest number of healthcare jobs per capita in the country as well as an attractive lower cost of living 1% lower than the national average and an average income of $53,352. You could be working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, or the West Penn Allegheny Health System. All great choices!

Rochester, New York

Rochester, NY is a great place to work in healthcare
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Are you a fan of living in wine country and having a short commute? You’ve got to check out Rochester! Here you will find not only Constellation Brands, the largest wine company in the world, but many other Fortune 1000 companies, including Kodak.

Major healthcare employers in Rochester include Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital. You are looking at an average salary of $49,475 and a low cost of living only 1% higher than the national average.


Which of these historical and vibrant cities are calling your name? You don’t have to wait to experience the diverse culture and beautiful scenery of the Northeast. Any one of these 6 cities could offer you an exciting career in health care. On your days off, you could also be exploring museums, art galleries, vineyards or national parks. Take your pick!

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About Crystal Jones RN

Crystal Jones is a Registered Nurse who moonlights as a professional freelance writer. She uses her expert knowledge, skills and personal experience in health, education, parenting, simple living and mental health to provide content that teaches, engages and inspires readers. When she isn’t writing, working or crying in the bathroom she can be found in the kitchen burning dinner for her husband and 3 young kids when she would rather be out in the garden. Check out her work and how to connect at