Health Care and Wellness

Youngstown Named a Top City for Pharmacists

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A study by AdvisorSmith has ranked Youngstown as the No. 6 big city in the country for pharmacists to pursue a career in.

The study, which examined 380 American cities, considered average annual salary, cost of living and density of pharmacy jobs in each metropolitan area. The big city category considers cities with a metro population of more than 500,000.

Topping the big city category were El Paso, Texas, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Memphis, Tenn.

Among all city sizes, Youngstown ranked 53rd, though many of the categories that propelled small- and medium-sized cities to the top of the list can also be found here.

“Smaller cities have, on average, older populations as compared to big cities, fueling higher demand for prescription medications and more job opportunities for pharmacists,” AdvisorSmith said in its ranking. “Coupled with lower costs of living, smaller cities won out in our study, with 9 of the top 10 and 45 of the top 50 cities having populations under 500,000.”

In Youngstown, the average annual salary for pharmacists is $114,480 and the cost of living is 24% below the national average. The area also has 10% more pharmacist jobs per capita than the U.S. average.

Youngstown’s ranking places it ahead of three other Ohio cities ranked in the top 100: Dayton (61), Lima (74) and Akron (99).

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.