You have posted a great question. I have looked throughout the country for adequate pay, along with cost of living. I currently live and work in North Texas. Within Texas, the cost of living is much lower than the majority of the country. For example, a friend of mine moved here from Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife sold their home in Cleveland and bought a home twice the size of their old home. He stated that comparatively, the cost of living versus pay is far better here in Texas than where he was previously residing. The DFW area of Texas provides a plethora of excellent school choices with some of the higher rated schools in Texas. No matter where you live in the DFW area, you may live relatively close to a medical facility and this makes for easier commutes to and from work. DFW has the 4th largest hospital system in the nation by the name of Texas Health Resources, which currently has a community of 17 non-profit hospitals within its system. Another hospital of choice in this area includes the Baylor Health System which also provides a plan called the Baylor plan. They offer a weekend 24 hour shift, Sat and Sun, and you are payed full time for working part time hours. Baylor is also Non-profit.
We also have two children's hospitals in this area that are world known. They are Cook Children's in Fort Worth and Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Childrens of Dallas is constantly on the innovative track with it new technologies and has been in national news for a plethora of different procedures that are performed there. A recent one was the two middle eastern children that were cephalically conjoined. After a multiple hour surgery, these children were successfully seperated and now living a healthy life.
This area is constantly seeking high acute care nurses and we remain on the cutting edge in technology. I am truly happy and excited to be involved with this technology. Texas is a great place to live. Outside of July and August, temperatures are mild throughout the year.
I hope that I have given you the information that you have requested and given you an idea of our cost of living versus pay. Texas is extremely competative across the nation.