According to AAMC estimates, the United States is facing a shortage of over 130,000 doctors by 2025. In October 2013, a CNN report warned that doctor shortages and increased demand could crash the entire health care system.

The increase in demand for health care (Obamacare alone brought 13,000,000 previously uninsured individuals into the system) and aging population put many cities at risk for sever doctor shortages.  

BetterDoctor compared the latest Census data against the number of primary care doctors in every American city and found a few startling results:

15 Cities Most Impacted by Doctor Shortages:


  1. New York (912 residents per primary care doctor)
  2. San Antonio (531)
  3. Los Angeles (531)
  4. Jacksonville (447)
  5. Greensboro, NC (418)
  6. Raleigh (379)
  7. Phoenix (353)
  8. Albuquerque (310)
  9. Chicago (296)
  10. Columbus (310)
  11. Indianapolis (266)
  12. Detroit (291)
  13. Kansas City (280)
  14. Indianapolis (266)
  15. Philadelphia (258)

15 Cities Least Impacted by Doctor Shortages:


  1. Greenville, SC (44 residents per primary care doctor)
  2. Atlanta (76)
  3. Boston (81)
  4. Pittsburgh (87)
  5. Salt Lake City (93)
  6. St. Louis (97)
  7. Cincinnati (103)
  8. West Palm Beach (104)
  9. Minneapolis (111)
  10. Hartford (112)
  11. Birmingham, AL (114)
  12. Cleveland (118)
  13. Louisville (123)
  14. Miami (127)
  15. Harrisburg (129)

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Methodology

The ranking for each city was determined by comparing the number of primary care doctors, including family practitioners, general practitioners, internists and pediatricians. Population estimates were from the U.S. Census.