10 best, worst states for nurses in 2016, as ranked by WalletHub

For the second year in a row, Washington topped WalletHub's annual list of best states for nurses, while Illinois shot up to the No. 2 spot on the "best" list after failing to even crack into the top 10 in 2014 and 2015.

WalletHub, a personal finance social network, ranks states on 14 key metrics for nurses, including monthly median starting salary, number of healthcare facilities per capita and nursing job openings per capita. The resulting list ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The following are the 10 best and 10 worst states for nurses in 2016, as ranked by WalletHub.

Best states

1. Washington

2. Illinois

3. Texas

4. Oregon

5. Iowa

6. California

7. Minnesota

8. Connecticut

9. New Hampshire

10. Pennsylvania

Worst states

42. New Jersey

43. North Carolina

44. Georgia

45. Kentucky

46. New York

47. South Carolina

48. Alabama

49. Hawaii

50. Louisiana

51. Washington, D.C.

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