Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Utah Once Again Gets Top Ranking as Best State for PT Practice; Colorado and Minnesota Not Far Behind For the second year in a row, Utah has been declared the best state in which to practice physical therapy, followed by Colorado and Minnesota. The rankings—and the explanations behind the rating system—appear in this month's issue of PT in Motion, APTA's member magazine. The rankings were derived from an analysis of 7 factors: well-being and future livability, literacy and health literacy, employment and employment projections for physical therapy, business and practice friendliness, technology and innovation, compensation and cost of living, and physical therapist/physical therapist assistant/student engagement with APTA. "Unlike last year, Utah didn't rank first in any specific category—demonstrating that consistently strong numbers across the board is the real key to overall ranking success," writes PT in Motion Editor Donald E. Tepper in the article. The article includes explanations of the measures used to rate each factor, as well as a breakdown of ratings for the top 20 states. Rounding out the top 20 were Nebraska, Idaho, Virginia, Iowa, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Hardcopy versions of PT in Motion are mailed to all members who have not opted out and to subscribers; digital versions are available online ahead of print to members.