Making the decision to become a doctor takes a lot of dedication, smarts, and - money. The average medical school debt is around $202,000 according to the Education Data Initiative. So doctors have a lot to consider when deciding where they want to pursue their profession.

Doctors are among the highest-paid professionals in the U.S., but as you can see, many of them begin their careers with a boatload of debt. So where they practice can be very important to their success and happiness.

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Working in a better-quality hospital environment could help doctors avoid burnout and higher malpractice insurance prices.

Wallet Hub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia in two major categories, Opportunity & Competition and Medical Environment Rank, to come up with their rankings of the Best and Worst States for Doctors.

Within those two categories, they examined things like physician burnout, average annual wages, hospitals per capita, current and projected competition, hospital safety, and more.

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South Dakota is the second best state for doctors in the country, thanks to the high starting salaries and low-cost malpractice insurance rates, among other things. Also, there are 8.7 hospitals for every 100,000 residents.

Here is the list of TopTen Best States for Doctors:

  1. Montana
  2. South Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Utah
  5. Indian
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Louisiana

To see this complete study go to Wallet Hub.

Seven Mind-Blowing Wonders' of South Dakota

I think most of us have at least heard of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." We might not be able to rattle them off as easily as McDonald's value menu items, but chances are you've heard of at least some of them, right?

There's the Great Wall of ChinaChichén Itzá, a Mayan City on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. Machu Picchu in Peru. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. The Colosseum in Rome, and finally, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Every state in the nation is known for having a series of natural wonders and signature landmarks. So, I thought I would come up with my own list of the "Seven Wonders of South Dakota."

The following is what I consider to be the signature landmarks, monuments, and natural wonders that are synonymous with the great state of South Dakota. I tried to give both sides of the state a little love while comprising this list.

You might have a few additions...
Let's get started. The Seven Wonders of South Dakota:

10 South Dakota Myths Even Some Natives Believe

Have you ever notice how much outsiders (and some insiders) get wrong about South Dakota? They believe and repeat some of these ridiculous South Dakota stereotypes.

SO, to do our part in educating folks, here's a list of some of the most ridiculous myths outsiders always believe South Dakota.

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