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Allied Travel July 19, 2012

By Brent Nau

Texas, Top Destination For Traveling Physical Therapists

Are you in need of some adventure in your next travel physical therapy assignment? Think about Texas, the Lone Star State. Texas is the second-largest state in the United States and offers numerous job opportunities for physical therapists. It has some of the most amazing cities including three of the top ten largest in the U.S. The state also has over 90 state parks, 600 miles of shoreline, and historic attractions like the Alamo.

For those therapists looking to take a 13 week (or longer) travel physical therapy job in Texas, we have put together this data on the quality of life for the top 15 largest incorporated cities in Texas.

Interesting Facts About Texas

  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it.
  • Three of the top ten most populous cities in the U.S. reside in Texas: Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
  • Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885.
  • In 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette dropped 43 inches of rain on Alvin, Texas setting an all-time record 24-hour rainfall in the U.S.

Median Salary of Physical Therapists

City

Population

Rank

Median Salary

Cost of Living

Houston

2,145,146

#1

$75,162

88

San Antonio

1,359,758

#2

$70,327

83

Dallas

1,223,229

#3

$74,874

94

Austin

820,611

#4

$71,651

102

Fort Worth

758,738

#5

$72,998

89

El Paso

665,568

#6

$63,281

83

Arlington

373,698

#7

$72,998

93

Corpus Christi

307,953

#8

$65,555

85

Plano

269,776

#9

$74,874

108

Laredo

241,935

#10

$58,161

83

Lubbock

233,740

#11

$58,690

81

Garland

231,517

#12

$74,874

93

Irving

220,702

#13

$74,874

96

Amarillo

193,675

#14

$64,711

83

Grand Prairie

179,100

#15

$74,874

94

Note: Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means the city is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means the city is more expensive.

 

Texas Weather

City

Air Quality

Rainfall

Clear Days

High Temp

Low Temp

Amarillo

97%

19.71

63%

91.0

22.6

Arlington

65%

34.73

37%

95.4

34.0

Austin

77%

33.65

32%

95.0

40.0

Corpus Christi

80%

32.26

28%

93.2

46.2

Dallas

72%

37.05

37%

96.1

36.4

El Paso

48%

9.43

53%

94.5

32.9

Fort Worth

65%

34.01

37%

96.6

31.4

Garland

72%

40.06

37%

94.2

30.8

Grand Prairie

72%

34.73

37%

95.4

34.0

Houston

42%

53.96

25%

93.6

45.2

Irving

72%

34.73

37%

95.4

34.0

Laredo

78%

21.53

28%

101.6

43.7

Lubbock

97%

18.69

44%

91.9

24.4

Plano

81%

41.01

37%

92.7

31.1

San Antonio

71%

32.92

29%

94.6

38.6

Air Quality Index (% of days ranked as good)
Annual Rainfall (inches)
% Clear Days in the area

 

Leisure and Culture

City

Movies

Restaurants

Golf

Libraries

Museums

Amarillo

7

521

14

12

2

Arlington

60

5,966

198

109

8

Austin

47

2,804

96

60

1

Corpus Christi

6

879

21

21

2

Dallas

95

8,908

221

145

8

El Paso

11

1,315

25

20

1

Fort Worth

74

7,194

214

138

8

Garland

60

5,610

166

88

5

Grand Prairie

75

6,427

200

106

8

Houston

77

9,578

202

122

6

Irving

79

7,509

204

113

8

Laredo

2

29

2

4

0

Lubbock

8

35

19

16

1

Plano

69

5,677

172

75

5

San Antonio

30

3,540

81

55

4

Movie Theaters (within 15 miles)
Restaurants (within 15 miles)
Public Golf Courses (within 30 miles)
Libraries (within 15 miles)
Museums (within 30 miles)


Sources:

http://www.salary.com

http://www.bestplaces.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_Texas_cities_by_population

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/index.html

http://www.50states.com/facts/texas.htm

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