Vitals Ranks America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care

Californian and Texan Cities Have Poor Patient-Reported Pediatric Care

LYNDHURST, NJ – August 16, 2017 – Many cities in California and Texas have poor patient-reported pediatric care, according to a new 2017 Vitals Access to Pediatricians report. Vitals researched the top 200 American cities to find out which metros have access to the best and worst pediatric care.

The study also revealed that mid-sized cities scored better in categories such as access and quality. Aurora, Illinois ranked #1 on the list, followed by Madison, Wisconsin at #2, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, #3.

When creating the list of America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a per-capita basis for their under-18 population. Patient-reported metrics such as ease of getting an appointment, pediatrician ratings, and wait times were also factored into the final rankings.

California and Texas each had 8 of the bottom 20 cities in the rankings. Many of the cities ranked in the bottom had under-18 populations higher than the national average of 24.7 percent.

Under-18 Patient to Pediatrician Ratio

TOP CITIES

City State # Children Ped# Per Capita for Children
Cincinnati Ohio 65751 1442 45.60
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 49852 977 51.03
St. Louis Missouri 67504 1270 53.15
Orange California 32893 574 57.30
Miami Florida 76848 1326 57.95

BOTTOM CITIES

City State # Children Ped# Per Capita for Children
Laredo Texas 86850 57 1523.68
North Las Vegas Nevada 71693 42 1706.98
Grand Prairie Texas 55928 32 1747.76
Ontario California 50585 22 2299.32
Santa Clarita California 47053 6 7842.10

Wait time also affected the overall ranking of pediatricians. Pediatricians in the top cities kept wait times under 13 minutes (the lowest wait time being close to 10 minutes). The national average is 18 minutes, 35. Patients from cities at the bottom of the list reported wait times that stretched over 30 minutes. Five Texan cities and three Californian cities were among the bottom cities.

“When a child is ill, the primary concern for parents is getting quick access to quality care,” said Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive Chairman of Vitals. “Vitals not only helps consumers find top-rated pediatricians near their homes, but also make informed decisions, relying on the wisdom of others who’ve contributed to the 9 million patient ratings and reviews on the site.”

The full list of city rankings is below:

City State Rank
Aurora Illinois 1
Madison Wisconsin 2
Grand Rapids Michigan 3
Minneapolis Minnesota 4
Rochester New York 5
Saint Paul Minnesota 5
Cleveland Ohio 7
Salt Lake City Utah 8
Cincinnati Ohio 9
Akron Ohio 10
Milwaukee Wisconsin 11
Vancouver Washington 12
Richmond Virginia 13
Santa Rosa California 14
Tucson Arizona 15
Denver Colorado 16
Portland Oregon 17
Spokane Washington 18
Worcester Massachusetts 19
Rockford Illinois 20
Charlotte North Carolina 21
San Francisco California 22
Torrance California 23
Raleigh North Carolina 24
St. Louis Missouri 25
Bellevue Washington 26
Boston Massachusetts 27
Oakland California 27
Seattle Washington 27
Buffalo New York 30
Orlando Florida 30
Naperville Illinois 32
Sterling Heights Michigan 32
Honolulu Hawaii 34
Tacoma Washington 34
Des Moines Iowa 36
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 37
Overland Park Kansas 38
Scottsdale Arizona 39
Eugene Oregon 40
Salinas California 40
Greensboro North Carolina 42
New Haven Connecticut 43
Boise Idaho 44
Washington District of Columbia 44
Cedar Rapids Iowa 46
Durham North Carolina 47
Columbia South Carolina 48
Omaha Nebraska 48
Sacramento California 50
Lexington Kentucky 51
Winston Salem North Carolina 52
Charleston South Carolina 53
Glendale Arizona 54
Springfield Missouri 54
Sioux Falls South Dakota 56
Syracuse New York 57
Kansas City Kansas 58
Dayton Ohio 59
Providence Rhode Island 60
Tulsa Oklahoma 60
Orange California 62
Norfolk Virginia 63
Pasadena Texas 64
Albuquerque New Mexico 65
Little Rock Arkansas 66
Plano Texas 67
Elk Grove California 68
Baltimore Maryland 69
Fremont California 70
Toledo Ohio 71
Louisville Kentucky 72
Sunnyvale California 73
Alexandria Virginia 74
Miami Florida 74
Salem Oregon 74
Bridgeport Connecticut 77
Nashville Tennessee 78
Lakewood Colorado 79
Birmingham Alabama 80
Indianapolis Indiana 80
Jackson Mississippi 80
Augusta Georgia 83
McKinney Texas 84
Jacksonville Florida 85
Baton Rouge Louisiana 86
San Diego California 86
Escondido California 88
Chandler Arizona 89
Fort Collins Colorado 89
Austin Texas 91
Lincoln Nebraska 91
Santa Clarita California 93
Wichita Kansas 94
St. Petersburg Florida 95
Thousand Oaks California 96
Chicago Illinois 97
Phoenix Arizona 97
Warren Michigan 99
Colorado Springs Colorado 100
Atlanta Georgia 101
Knoxville Tennessee 101
Fort Wayne Indiana 103
Tampa Florida 103
Dallas Texas 105
New Orleans Louisiana 105
Irvine California 107
Hollywood Florida 108
Modesto California 108
Reno Nevada 110
Frisco Texas 111
Springfield Massachusetts 112
Columbus Ohio 113
Gilbert Arizona 114
Cary North Carolina 115
Anchorage Alaska 116
Tempe Arizona 117
Tallahassee Florida 117
Savannah Georgia 119
Shreveport Louisiana 119
Anaheim California 121
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 121
Riverside California 121
Corona California 124
West Valley City Utah 124
Chattanooga Tennessee 126
Lubbock Texas 127
Memphis Tennessee 128
Fort Lauderdale Florida 129
Joliet Illinois 129
Kansas City Missouri 131
Detroit Michigan 132
Virginia Beach Virginia 133
Peoria Arizona 134
Waco Texas 134
Huntsville Alabama 136
Long Beach California 137
Mesa Arizona 138
Los Angeles California 139
Fontana California 140
Oceanside California 140
Chula Vista California 142
Mobile Alabama 142
Huntington Beach California 144
Corpus Christi Texas 145
Houston Texas 146
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 147
Newark New Jersey 148
Hayward California 149
Lancaster California 150
Olathe Kansas 151
Paterson New Jersey 152
Fayetteville North Carolina 153
Las Vegas Nevada 153
San Jose California 155
New York New York 156
McAllen Texas 157
Montgomery Alabama 157
Yonkers New York 157
Bakersfield California 160
Clarksville Tennessee 161
Irving Texas 161
Jersey City New Jersey 163
Pembroke Pines Florida 163
Hialeah Florida 165
Glendale California 166
Fort Worth Texas 167
Cape Coral Florida 168
Aurora Colorado 169
Moreno Valley California 169
San Antonio Texas 169
Santa Ana California 172
Fullerton California 173
Oxnard California 174
Stockton California 175
Amarillo Texas 176
Chesapeake Virginia 176
Columbus Georgia 178
Henderson Nevada 178
Fresno California 180
Hampton Virginia 180
Newport News Virginia 182
Pasadena California 183
Port Saint Lucie Florida 183
Brownsville Texas 185
El Paso Texas 186
Garland Texas 187
Garden Grove California 188
Rancho Cucamonga California 189
San Bernardino California 190
Ontario California 191
Pomona California 192
Killeen Texas 193
Miramar Florida 194
Arlington Texas 195
Mesquite Texas 196
North Las Vegas Nevada 197
Palmdale California 198
Laredo Texas 199
Grand Prairie Texas 200

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