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Top 5 Travel Nursing Locations for City Dwellers

top travel nursing locationsby Brook Jillings

Nurses who enjoy the convenience and social benefits of densely populated areas may want to look into the top travel nursing locations in U.S. cities. 

When taking into account the average pay scale, reputations of local hospitals and professional opportunities, here are the top travel nursing locations for RNs who'd be happiest in the city.

5 Top Travel Nursing Locations for City Lovers

1. Los Angeles, California

Nurses who work in California enjoy a higher average salary than any other state, making it one of the top travel nursing locations for those who love the city. 

Along with the warm climate and access to beaches along the Pacific coastline, the city offers ample professional opportunities for registered nurses. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recognizes Los Angeles as having the second highest employment level for nurses, and the city is home to two medical centers listed on the 2018 U.S. News Best Hospitals Honor Roll at seventh and eighth.

2. Boston, Massachusetts

The city of Boston can also be considered one of the top travel nursing locations. The Massachusetts General Hospital is ranked fourth by U.S. News for Best Hospital in 2018 and is fifth on the list of metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for registered nurses. 

Boston is a city of historical and cultural significance in America, and nurses can take advantage of working in the state with the fourth highest wages in the industry.

3. New York City, New York

The next city on the list of top travel nursing locations is the city of New York. The Big Apple is known as the "city that never sleeps," making it perfect for nurses who enjoy the nightlife. 

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked 10th on the U.S. News 2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and first for the city with the highest registered nurse employment level

When you factor in that New York state has the eighth highest nursing wages in the country, it's easy to see why the city is a great place for nurses.

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Next on the list of top travel nursing locations is Minneapolis, home to 39 major hospitals and medical centers. 

Minnesota offers nurses a salary above the national average, and job growth for RNs in the city is eighth in the country. The city offers the perfect blend of urban convenience without losing the beauty of nature.

5. Phoenix, Arizona

The last spot on the top travel nursing locations belongs to Phoenix, the perfect city for those who prefer desert climates. 

Registered nurse salaries surpass the national average in Arizona, and Phoenix is home to a branch of the respected Mayo Clinic, ranked at number 11 on the U.S. Best Hospitals list. The city is also ninth for highest registered nurse employment levels.

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