10 Markets with Highest Physician Saturation

This analysis, provided by Health Market Science and Pitney Bowes Software, was based on an evaluation of 940 U.S. markets. The top 10 most competitive were classified as either small- or medium-sized markets, with many existing in college towns that have large teaching hospitals.

Small markets have less than 175,000 people, whereas medium markets have up to 1 million. Ratios are based on the physicians per 100,000 residents.  

1. Rochester, Minn.
Total physician count: 2,469
2011 population: 188,592
Total physician ratio: 1,309
Overall saturation index score: 100

2. Iowa City
Total physician count: 1,585
2011 population: 155,717
Total physician ratio: 1,018
Overall saturation index score: 92

3. Bloomsburg and Berwick, Pa.
Total physician count: 793
2011 population: 85,760
Total physician ratio: 925
Overall saturation index score: 84

4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
Total physician count: 3,098
2011 population: 346,822
Total physician ratio: 893
Overall saturation index score: 81

5. Charlottesville, Va.
Total physician count: 1,547
2011 population: 203,775
Total physician ratio: 759
Overall saturation index score: 69

6. Lebanon, N.H.
Total physician count: 1,125
2011 population: 174,833
Total physician ratio: 643
Overall saturation index score: 58

7. Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Total physician count: 444
2011 population: 74,900
Total physician ratio: 592
Overall saturation index score: 53

8. Gainesville, Fla.
Total physician count: 1,506
2011 population: 266,252
Total physician ratio: 566
Overall saturation index score: 51

9. Columbia, Mo.
Total physician count: 952
2011 population: 175,163
Total physician ratio: 543
Overall saturation index score: 49

10. Durham, N.C.
Total physician count: 2,754
2011 population: 515,919
Total physician ratio: 534
Overall saturation index score: 48

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