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Physicians, APs: Here are the Healthiest Cities in Nebraska and Nevada

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A recent study by the team over at 24/7 Wall St. revealed the healthiest cities in every state across the country. The information they’ve uncovered is invaluable for the job-seeking physician and advanced practitioner, especially as you research the geographic location of your choice or as you consider relocating to another state.

The healthiest city in Nebraska is Grand Island.

According to the study, “Nebraska is one of the healthiest states in the country. Not surprisingly, Grand Island is not only the state’s healthiest metro area, but also one of the healthiest in the United States.”

Whereas 14.5 percent of the United States’ population lacks health insurance, only 13.4 percent of Grand Island residents are without it. Food insecurity stands at 3.7 percent and “…just 11.1 percent of the city’s population reported fair or poor health, compared to 12.0 percent of state residents and 16.0 percent of the country as a whole.”

Grand Island’s obesity rate is 28.6 percent, and in 2014, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent.

The healthiest city in Nevada is Reno.

On the other hand, “Nevada is one of the least healthy states in the country,” the study found. “As a result, despite the fact that Reno has the best physical and mental wellbeing scores in the state, it is actually less healthy than the nation as a whole by several measures.”

The rate of the uninsured is high, standing at 18.2 percent. Furthermore, a large percentage of the population drinks and smokes. As a result, “…an estimated 6,952 years of life are lost annually per 100,000 area residents due to preventable deaths—this was slightly lower than the state figure but higher than the national incidence of premature death.”

Food insecurity is 5.2 percent, and the obesity rate is 22.2 percent. In 2014, Reno’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, how can you make a difference in an area that has difficult health rates, such as those in Reno? Or: How can you make a difference in an area like Grand Island that is exceptionally healthy? How would you present these ideas to a potential employer in a job interview?

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