published on September 20, 2016 - 7:56 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A new report ranks Fresno among the top U.S. cities to be a nurse.

SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranks Fresno No. 5 among the nation’s top cities to find a nursing job.

According to the company’s latest Best Places to Live survey, the number of nursing jobs in the Fresno area has increased by 38.1 percent in the past five years, adding nearly 1,000 new jobs for nursing professionals.

After taking into account housing costs, the survey said that on average, Fresno nurses make $70,644 a year, placing the city twelfth highest among the 149 U.S. metro areas surveyed.

Five of the top ten best places to be a nurse, according to the SmartAsset survey, were in the Golden State, with the Vallejo-Fairfield area coming in at No. 1.

“There are around 30 different medical centers in the Fresno metro area,” the survey noted. “Some of the region’s top employers for healthcare professionals include the Community Regional Medical Center, Saint Agnes Medical Center and the U.S. Veterans Hospital.”

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