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How Does Your City Rank When it Comes to Health Care?

Survey ranks U.S. metropolises for cost and quality of services

SATURDAY, March 29, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- Top honors for the cost and quality of health care go to Rochester, Minn., home of the famed Mayo Clinic.

In its first annual survey of such matters, Expansion Management magazine ranked the top 100 U.S. cities in terms of their health quotients (HQ).

The magazine bills itself as read by 45,000 executives of companies looking for the best place to expand or relocate their operations.

The HQ included 11 categories used to measure the cost, quality and availability of health care in 329 metro areas throughout the country.

Health-care costs, employer insurance costs, hospital beds per 1,000 population, number of community health centers, number of nurses per 100,000 population, and the number of teaching hospitals are among the measures included in the HQ.

While Rochester, Minn., took first place, the state of Iowa claimed seven of the top 40 slots.

Here are the top 10 finishers:

  • Rochester, Minn.
  • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Roanoke, Va.
  • Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
  • Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Fargo-Moorhead, N.D.
  • Bismarck, N.D.

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Here's where you find the complete HQ rankings.

SOURCE: Expansion Management, news release, March 2003
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