Saturday, November 26, 2022

Ten States with the Lowest Cancer Death Rates

The U.S. recorded over 602,300 cancer deaths in 2020.  At about 182.8 deaths per 100,000 population, in 2020 cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease. 2020 state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, revealed the following to be the:

Ten States with the Lowest Cancer Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
New York 32,955 19,336,776 170.4
Georgia 17,827 10,710,017 166.5
Washington 12,796 7,693,612 166.3
Idaho 3,004 1,826,913 164.4
California 59,778 39,368,078 151.8
Texas 42,142 29,360,759 143.5
Alaska 1,043 731,158 142.7
Colorado 8,252 5,807,719 142.1
District of Columbia 984 712,816 138.0
Utah 3,460 3,249,879 106.5
     Total 182,241 118,797,727 153.4
U.S. 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

(*) number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on November 25,2022

related commentary: Regional Cancer Death Rates in the U.S.

Friday, November 25, 2022

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

In an October commentary, we discussed Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas.  U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest populations naturally employ far more healthcare social workers than do smaller metro areas. However, for healthcare social workers interested in maximizing their earnings potential, better compensation opportunities may await in smaller metro markets. According to May 2021 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only two of the 20 largest metro areas in the U.S. were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for healthcare social worker pay:

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 720 $105,600
2 Santa Rosa, CA 150 $100,890
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 1,920 $98,340
4 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 $96,170
5 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 880 $91,270
6 Salinas, CA 120 $90,840
7 Yuba City, CA 40 $88,510
8 Modesto, CA 190 $87,880
9 Napa, CA 50 $83,860
10 Fresno, CA 280 $81,840
11 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 4,320 $81,660
12 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 $80,990
13 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,260 $80,870
14 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 60 $80,400
15 Massachusetts non-metro 240 $79,860
16 Salem, OR 160 $79,190
17 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 230 $79,080
18 Stockton-Lodi, CA 230 $78,860
19 Eugene, OR 180 $78,320
20 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 350 $78,070
National 173,860 $62,310

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 19, 2022

Thursday, November 24, 2022

20 Best Metro Markets for Nurse Practitioner Pay

In a commentary in October, we reviewed Nurse Practitioner Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets.  As is the case with most healthcare professions, the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are big centers for nurse practitioner employment.  However, it is in smaller metro markets, not the large ones, where nurse practitioners oftentimes find better average compensation levels. This is readily evident in May 2021 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that only three of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for nurse practitioner pay:

20 Best Metro Markets for Nurse Practitioner Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,220 $197,870
2 Napa, CA 90 $184,700
3 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 130 $180,380
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 2,550 $177,160
5 Yuba City, CA 30 $159,260
6 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 140 $153,300
7 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 900 $153,050
8 Santa Rosa, CA 180 $152,150
9 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 150 $150,280
10 Fresno, CA 440 $147,760
11 Modesto, CA 270 $147,190
12 El Centro, CA 70 $147,080
13 Duluth, MN-WI 300 $146,740
14 Redding, CA 90 $146,040
15 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 1,300 $145,250
16 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 5,490 $144,930
17 Bakersfield, CA 320 $144,770
18 Madera, CA 90 $142,400
19 Salinas, CA 130 $142,130
20 Visalia-Porterville, CA 190 $141,650
National 234,690 $118,040

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 19, 2022

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Southeastern U.S.

In the current (2022-23) survey of American hospitals from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), among the 50 hospitals recognized for being the best in the U.S. for pediatric heart care, thirteen were based in the twelve-state Southeastern region of the country.  No other region of the country had more hospitals ranked among the 50 best pediatric heart hospitals in the U.S. than did the Southeast.  While other hospitals in the Southeast may provide cardiology and heart surgery services, the thirteen hospitals that earned a spot in the USNWR national survey stand apart as the top-ranked pediatric heart hospitals in the Southeastern U.S.:

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Southeastern U.S.

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Southeastern U.S.

Location:  Charleston, SC
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #4

Duke Children's Hospital
Location: Durham, NC
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #7

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Location: Atlanta
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #18

Location:  Memphis, TN
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #19

Virginia Congenital Cardiac Collaborative
Location: Charlottesville, VA
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #20

Levine Children's Hospital
Location: Charlotte, NC
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #22

Location: Gainesville, FL
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #26

Children's of Alabama
Location: Birmingham, AL
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #28

National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #30

Location:  New Orleans, LA
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #35

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Location: Little Rock, AR
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #44

Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Location: Miami, FL
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #47

Location:  Hollywood, FL
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #49

For a closer look into the technical metrics used to rate pediatric heart hospitals in the 22-23 USNWR survey, or to find the pediatric heart care rating of other Southeastern region hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Ten States with the Lowest Firearm Death Rates

In 2020, over 45,200 deaths in the U.S. were caused by firearm incidents.  The 2020 firearm death rate of 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population was one-third higher than the 1999 firearm death rate of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 population.  Firearm death rates at the state level varied widely with some states experiencing far worse problems with gun-related deaths than others. The ten states with the lowest firearm death rates in 2020 had a collective death rate from gun incidents that was 48% lower than the national average.  A review of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following to be the ten states with the lowest firearm death rates in 2020:

Ten States with the Lowest Firearm Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
Nebraska 197 1,937,552 10.2
New Hampshire 128 1,366,275 9.4
Minnesota 513 5,657,342 9.1
California 3,449 39,368,078 8.8
Connecticut 219 3,557,006 6.2
New York 1,052 19,336,776 5.4
Rhode Island 54 1,057,125 5.1
New Jersey 443 8,882,371 5.0
Massachusetts 268 6,893,574 3.9
Hawaii 50 1,407,006 3.6
     Total 6,373 89,463,105 7.1
U.S. 45,222 329,484,123 13.7

(*) number of firearm deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on November 16, 2022

related commentary:  Regional Gun Death Rates in the U.S.

Monday, November 21, 2022

20 Best Metro Areas for Dental Hygienist Pay

As examined in Dental Hygienist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets, the biggest U.S. metropolitan markets are major centers for dental hygienist employment. That fact notwithstanding, a deeper dive into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metro areas are where dental hygienists frequently find better pay, sometimes a whole lot better.  Indeed, a review of BLS data from May 2021 shows us that just four of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best population centers for dental hygienist pay:

20 Best Metro Areas for Dental Hygienist Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 260 $125,750
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,010 $122,660
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 3,270 $119,320
4 Anchorage, AK 290 $116,270
5 Santa Rosa, CA 460 $115,730
6 Alaska non-metro 170 $114,670
7 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 270 $114,370
8 Fairbanks, AK 50 $113,880
9 Napa, CA 120 $112,520
10 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 4,260 $111,600
11 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 560 $111,240
12 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 250 $110,780
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 1,040 $107,330
14 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1,930 $106,980
15 Modesto, CA 330 $106,900
16 Western Washington non-metro 190 $105,650
17 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 180 $105,100
18 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 10,150 $104,840
19 Salinas, CA 190 $104,490
20 Northern Valley California non-metro 140 $103,160
National 207,190 $81,360

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 16, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Nursing Assistant Pay

In Nursing Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets, we learned that the major U.S. metro areas are big employment centers for nursing assistants. However, a more thorough examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that better pay, sometimes a lot better, for nursing assistants is often found in smaller population centers. May 2021 (BLS) data indicates that only six of the top 20 U.S. metro areas were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for nursing assistant pay:

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Nursing Assistant Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,940 $47,690
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 10,220 $47,500
3 Alaska non-metro 570 $45,430
4 Salinas, CA 810 $44,210
5 Fairbanks, AK 190 $43,880
6 Napa, CA 550 $42,310
7 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 81,890 $41,940
8 Anchorage, AK 1,000 $41,580
9 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 310 $41,070
10 Santa Rosa, CA 1,010 $40,770
11 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 13,850 $40,590
12 Salem, OR 1,210 $40,560
13 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 4,630 $39,910
14 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 7,430 $39,590
15 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 870 $39,520
16 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 1,040 $38,990
17 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 26,580 $38,880
18 Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington (#) 13,160 $38,750
19 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 38,030 $38,690
20 Northern Valley California non-metro 670 $38,610
National 1,314,830 $33,250

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 16, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) survey of American hospitals, fifty hospitals were recognized for excellence in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.  Among the 50 hospitals recognized as the best in the nation for pediatric heart care, two were based in the five-state Rocky Mountain region of the country.  While pediatric cardiology and heart surgery services may be available from other hospitals in the region, the two hospitals that earned a spot in the USNWR national survey stand apart as the top-ranked pediatric heart hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region:

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

Top Ranked Pediatric Heart Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region



Children's Hospital Colorado
Location:  Aurora, CO
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #14
see ranking details

Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital
Location:  Salt Lake City, UT
National Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranking:  #38
see ranking details

For a closer at the measures used to rate pediatric heart hospitals in the 22-23 USNWR survey, or to find the pediatric heart care rating of other Rocky Mountain region hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Ten States with the Highest Firearm Death Rates

In 2020, more than 45,200 deaths in the U.S. were the result of firearm incidents.  At 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, the 2020 firearm death rate was 33% higher than it was twenty-one years earlier in 1999 (10.3 deaths per 100,000 population).  While the 2020 national firearm death rate stood at 13.7 fatalities per 100,000 population, at the state level there was much disparity in death rates with some states experiencing far worse problems with firearms-caused deaths than others.  The ten states with the highest firearm death rates in 2020 had a collective death rate from firearm incidents that was over 75% higher than the national average.  Further examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following details for the ten states with the highest firearm death rates in 2020:

Ten States with the Highest Firearm Death Rates

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Mississippi 818 2,966,786 27.6
Wyoming 154 582,328 26.4
Louisiana 1,183 4,645,318 25.5
Alaska 175 731,158 23.9
District of Columbia 167 712,816 23.4
Alabama 1,141 4,921,532 23.2
Missouri 1,426 6,151,548 23.2
New Mexico 479 2,106,319 22.7
Arkansas 673 3,030,522 22.2
Montana 238 1.080,577 22.0
     Total 6,454 26,928,904 24.0
U.S. 45,222 329,484,123 13.7

(*) number of firearm-caused deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on November 14, 2022

related commentary:  Regional Gun Death Rates in the U.S.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

20 Best Metropolitan Areas for Medical Assistant Pay

In a September commentary, we discussed Medical Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas.  Without question, U.S. metro areas with the biggest populations employ far more medical assistants than do smaller metropolitan markets. However, medical assistants employed in smaller metro markets frequently realize better compensation levels than their larger market counterparts. In fact, May 2021 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that only four of the 20 largest metro markets in the U.S. were among the 20 best metropolitan areas for medical assistant pay:

20 Best Metropolitan Areas for Medical Assistant Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,240 $58,670
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 13,670 $54,930
3 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 5,060 $53,870
4 Santa Rosa, CA 1,610 $53,530
5 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 6,180 $51,530
6 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 9,720 $50,820
7 Napa, CA 380 $50,480
8 Alaska non-metro 350 $49,190
9 Fairbanks, AK 160 $47,060
10 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 6,300 $46,620
11 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 650 $45,650
12 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 880 $ 45,520
13 Anchorage, AK 1,190 $45,500
14 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 6,980 $45,440
15 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 9,640 $45,280
16 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 300 $44,620
17 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 550 $44,090
18 Barnstable Town, MA 340 $43,950
19 Modesto, CA 1,360 $43,630
20 Rochester, MN 1,560 $43,540
National 727,760 $38,190

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 12, 2022