Best states for dentists vs. best states for physicians

Alaska was ranked as the best state for dentists to live and work in by career website Zippa, while Montana was ranked as the best state for physicians to practice in by personal finance website WalletHub.

In Zippa's rankings, each state was ranked using dentists' median salary, as well as each state's cost of living and location quotient, a measurement created by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more about the methodology here.

WalletHub ranked each state based on two major metrics: opportunity and competition and medical environment. Read more about the methodology here.

Here are the the top 10 states for dentists and physicians:

1. Dentists: Alaska; Physicians: Montana

2. Dentists: Wisconsin; Physicians: South Dakota

3. Dentists: New Hampshire; Physicians: Idaho

4. Dentists: Ohio; Physicians: Wisconsin

5. Dentists: Connecticut; Physicians: Minnesota

6. Dentists: Michigan; Physicians: Louisiana

7. Dentists: Maine; Physicians:Utah

8. Dentists: Minnesota; Physicians: Nebraska

9. Dentists: Rhode Island; Physicians: Iowa

10. Dentists: Massachusetts; Physicians: Indiana

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