If you’ve always dreamed of living in the Southwest and you work in healthcare, relocation doesn’t need to be a far off dream. There are plenty of cities to choose from with openings in fantastic healthcare organizations. Whether you’re looking for a change of pace or love the location, the southwest is booming with openings in healthcare.

If you’ve always dreamed of living in the Southwest and you work in healthcare, relocation doesn’t need to be a far off dream. There are plenty of cities to choose from with openings in fantastic healthcare organizations. Whether you’re looking for a change of pace or love the location, the southwest is booming with openings in healthcare.

Compiling this list was difficult because it was hard to limit it to just ten areas in the entire southwest.

The reality is that there are a lot of fantastic cities that didn’t make our list in Arizona, Utah, Texas and Nevada. We based our list on work/life balance. The cities included have a variety of organizations to fit any healthcare worker’s professional needs. We also added some information about the city itself for readers to judge whether they could build a life that would meet their emotional and contentment desires.

Top 5 Southwest Cities for Healthcare Professionals

This is a numbered list, but it’s not in a ranked orders. Any of these cities might meet your own criteria for a great place to make a home and career.

  1. Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix offers all of the culture and entertainment options you’d expect in a major metropolitan area. The weather is also quite extraordinary most of the year. Arizona does reach very high temperatures in the summer months but it does cool down to very moderate temperatures in the evening. There are a wide variety of hospitals, clinics, and practices in the city and outlying suburbs. The best ranked hospitals in the state are in downtown Phoenix, so there are ample choices for any type of healthcare career. Phoenix has consistently been named to US News Best Places to Live list. The cost of living here is far below other cities with the same type of amenities. It’s also listed as a great place to retire, partially due to the stellar health services in the area.
  2. Reno, Nevada. Reno is probably best known as a resort town, but it’s so much more. There are numerous practices and clinics in Reno, as well as two top hospitals. The city has amazing restaurants and entertainment options, as well as the stunning landscape it’s known for skiing and the casinos, which are of course memorable. This is an affordable place to live. Reno also gets all four seasons so, if you’re looking for something in the southwest, but like the variety of different weather changes, Reno might be the perfect place for you. There are plenty of outdoor activities and the quality of life is high.
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City has a lot to offer its residents. There is the beautiful landscape, access to some of the most impressive national parks in the country, and a great, booming economy. Employment growth here is on the rise, with a very low unemployment rate and lower than average cost of living. Healthcare is one of the booming fields, with numerous state of the art hospitals and healthcare facilities to choose from.
  4. Tucson, Arizona. Banner University Medical Center is located in Tucson and it’s one of the biggest employers in the city. That’s one of the reasons that Tucson made the list. The cost of living here is a bit higher than other locations on the list, but there is ample opportunity and the mountainous landscape is pretty spectacular. Tucson has a diverse population, which makes it an excellent place for those who enjoy culture.
  5. Austin, Texas. Austin has been ranked in the number one position on the US News’ Best Places to Live in the US list for several years, and there are a few reasons for that ranking. Austin has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. There are plenty of openings in the healthcare industry for all type of professionals. Austin also boasts a great family life, excellent schools, and lower than average crime. If you’ve ever considered Texas for your new home, Austin may be the perfect area for you.

Other cities that deserve an honorable mention because we just didn’t have room to do them justice in this article include Scottsdale, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, and San Antonio, TX. If the southwest has always been your dream location, there are many wonderful cities with abundant healthcare employment options.