If you're a registered nurse living in San Antonio, you've chosen one the best cities for your profession. Austin-based SpareFoot recently released a list of the 10 best U.S. cities for registered nurses, which shows Texas is a prime destination.
The site teamed up with Indeed to find the 10 metro areas with the most job listings for registered nurses as well as the average salaries for those positions in each city. SpareFoot also aggregated the median rent and home prices based on 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The site then ranked each metro area based on these metrics, giving twice as much weight to job availability.
San Antonio ranks No. 5 on the list. Nurses here have an average salary of $62,000. While San Antonio has the smallest percentage of nursing jobs among the top 10 cities, it also has a very low median home price of $131,100.
Houston ranks first in every category, leading SpareFoot to say the city is "hands-down the best metro area for registered nurses." The Houston metro has the largest share of nursing jobs, 14.6 percent. The city also offers the highest average salary for registered nurses ($78,000) as well as a low median home price ($141,400) and median annual rent ($10,728).
Dallas comes in at No. 3, with registered nurses making an average salary of $71,000. Austin ranks No. 7, with an average salary of $65,000.