Like most of the country, Iowa, the Hawkeye State has experienced a severe shortage of RN’s. The top three cities in Iowa have median salaries for registered nurses as follows: Des Moines $63,888, Cedar Rapids $59,866, Davenport $58,897.

Six of the top employers in Iowa are hospitals or medical centers. University of Iowa Health Center in Iowa City employs 7,135 employees, Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines is has 6,000 employees, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines has 5,600 employees, Genesis Medical Center in Davenport employs 5,100 persons, St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids has 2,700 employees and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has 2,100 employees.

Iowa Facts and Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
  • Unemployment Rank: 7 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $40, 470
  • Per Capita Income Rank: 24 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index: 94.9
  • Cost of Living Rank: 18 of 50

Three Largest Cities in Iowa

Ten Largest Hospitals in Iowa

  • University Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center
  • Genesis Medical Center
  • Glenwood Resource Center
  • Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy Medical Center-Clinton
  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System


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