In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), has released a report of the best and worst states for Nurses. Each state was scored in the following categories and metrics and then ranked accordingly.

Opportunity & Competition

  • Monthly Average Starting Salary for Nurses
  • Average Annual Salary for Nurses
  • Health-Care Facilities per Capita
  • Share of Population Living in a Primary-Care HPSA
  • Projected Share of Elderly Population in 2030
  • Quality of Nursing Schools
  • Tuition Cost per Credit for BSN Online Program
  • Nursing-Job Openings per Capita
  • Nurses per 1,000 Residents
  • Projected Competition in 2030

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Work Environment

  • Mandatory Overtime RestrictionsRatio of Nurses to Hospital Beds
  • Nurses Job Growth (2022 vs 2018)
  • Presence of Nursing Licensure Compact Law
  • Regulatory Requirement for Nurse Practitioners
  • Share of Best Nursing Homes
  • Quality of Public Hospital System
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms
  • Average Number of Work Hours
  • Average Commute Time

Unfortunately, Tennessee is One of the Worst States for Nurses


The results of the 2024 report were not great (or even good) for the Volunteer state. Tennessee ranked 37th in Opportunity & Competition, and 39th in Work Environment. Overall, Tennessee is ranked as the 45th best state for nurses - or you could say it is the 5th worst state for nurses.

How Did the Rest of the Tri-State Do?

The report wasn't quite as bad for Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, although there is plenty of room for improvement. Indiana landed at #31 on the list, followed closely by Kentucky at #32. Illinois scored just a little bit better coming in at #23.

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If you want to know which state is first, last, or anywhere in between, you can scroll over the map below, or you can dive into the sea of data when you look at the full report here.

Source: WalletHub

7 Major Red Flags For People Moving To Tennessee

Moving to a new state can be an exciting adventure, but it's important to be aware of potential downsides or challenges you might face in your new home. Tennessee is known for its vibrant music scene, beautiful landscapes, and rich history, but like any place, it has its share of red flags that prospective residents should consider:

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Tennessee using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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