10 Markets with Highest Physician Saturation

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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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