Criteria used for determining our best places ranking:
Population change: Change of population from 1990 to 2000 for 354 metropolitan areas. From U.S. Census Bureau.
Malpractice premiums: Premium level for internal medicine, no surgery, for a claims-made policy at a coverage level of $1 million per claim, $3 million per year, for 89 states or localities, as of September 2002. From Medical Liability Monitor.
Medicare reimbursement level: Medicare reimbursement for a mid-level office visit, CPT Code 99213, for 89 state or localities in 2003. From CMS.
Labor costs: Hourly mean payment for healthcare support occupations for 336 metropolitan areas in 2001, from occupational employment and wage estimates. From Bureau of Labor Statistics.
State income tax: Income tax levels for 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of 2003. From Federation of Tax Administrators.
Education attainment: Percent of population ages 25 to 34 years with a college degree in year 2000, for 356 metropolitan areas. From U.S. Census Bureau.
Criteria ranked by ordinals; lowest score ranks best.
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