Report Ranks Cape Girardeau Best Place for Physicians and Surgeons

Data-science group GoodCall released a report that analyzes salary, job market and working conditions in top metropolitan areas across the country
Analysts from ranked the top metro areas in the country for physicians and surgeons to live and work. The Cape Girardeau area took the number 1 spot on the list, outranking Dubuque, IA and Mansfield, OH.
The report highlights areas of the country where physicians and surgeons are earning the most, as well as where they can find affordable housing, a comfortable lifestyle and solid working conditions.
To rank the top metropolitan areas, GoodCall looked at:

  • Average median salaries for physicians and surgeons (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Job Availability (
  • Local amenities and housing affordability (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • The number of hospitals per capita (National Practitioner Database)
  • The number of malpractice payouts per capita (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Cape Girardeau topped the list due to high rankings for salary, housing affordability and job availability. Physicians and surgeons in the area are earning an average median salary of $258,350, 38% than the national average of $187,200. The local job market is also strong, with the area ranking 9 out of 218 for employment.
“Physicians and surgeons put in countless hours working to promote the health of the communities they live in, from diagnosing and treating sick patients to teaching citizens about disease prevention. That’s why we wanted to find communities that give back to physicians and surgeons, too, providing them with a great quality of life and work,” says Paul Southerland Lead Analyst for GoodCall.
A total of 218 metropolitan areas were analyzed for this report. The full report and methodology can be found here:
About the GoodCall Data Center: The GoodCall research team uses data science to create aggregated reports that help consumers make decisions about their careers, college choices and more. GoodCall was born from the idea that in an increasingly complex online marketplace, consumers deserve access to the information they need to make educated financial decision.