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    2015’s Top Cities for pharmacists

    An online consumer advocate group has named Huntington, West Virginia the best U.S. city for pharmacists in 2015.

    ValuePenguin analyzed median salaries, cost of living, and the demand for pharmacists in 396 small, mid-sized, and large cities. Huntington received the nod as the best city for pharmacists in 2015 based on its available jobs and cost of living.

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    “The pharmacist performs an essential service. Every city has one, and most cities have a bunch of them. But no two pharmacists are the same (even if they fill a prescription the same way), just as no two cities are identical,” study authors stated.

    “We're here to identify the very best cities for pharmacists to work in, considering four categories that all pharmacists care about: number of jobs, the demand for their services, their annual average salary, and the cost of living,” study authors stated.

    According to the study, it is 15% cheaper to live in Huntington than in the average U.S. city. Additionally, two of the city’s largest employers (Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center) are healthcare providers. The city is also home to Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

    "In terms of demand, the study is accurate," Dr. Kevin Yingling, founding dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, told the Herald Dispatch. "West Virginia, the South, and the mid-Atlantic region have all been showing an increase in the demand for pharmacists for the past three years or so."

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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