South Bend makes list of best cities for health care relative to cost of housing

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

From a SmartAsset media release:

We all need healthcare, and personal-finance advice platform SmartAsset set out to find who has the most access to healthcare and is paying the least to be close to it.

South Bend came in at number 7!

To determine who has the most access to healthcare and is paying the least to be close to it, SmartAsset added the number of primary care physicians and hospital beds per 100,000 people, and divided that by the median home values in thousands of dollars in that city.

This gave us an average measure of healthcare access per $1,000 of home price. We then ranked the cities by this number.

Here are South Bend's results:

Average home value: $85,700
Primary physicians per 100,000: 62.8
Hospital beds per 100,000: 250
Access to healthcare per $1,000 of home price: 3.650

Health care is the top industry in South Bend, aside from higher education, with the Memorial Health System hospitals employing 4,000 people and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center having about 2,500 employees.

Another 9 cities rounded out the “best” list.

1. Youngstown, OH
2. Gulfport, MS
3. Toledo, OH
4. Rockford, IL
5. Peoria, IL
6. Topeka, KS
7. South Bend, IN
8. Dayton, OH
9. Wichita, KS
10. Jackson, MS


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