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Two Very Affordable Cities for a Travel Nurse on a Budget

Travel nursing is a fairly lucrative job, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants to blow their entire paycheck just to pay rent or sacrifice your lifestyle choices just to live in an expensive city. There are plenty of ways to build a savings while you are on a travel nursing placement, and picking an affordable city is a great place to start. That’s why we’re sharing with you some of our top picks for affordable cities for your next placement.


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Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second largest city, filled with a variety of different districts. From the Entertainment District where you can enjoy Tulsa’s nightlife to Utica Square where you can get your retail fill. Tulsa is great up and coming city, making it the perfect place to take a travel nursing placement.

While it doesn’t have the speed and rush of a bigger city, there is never a lack of things to do. They have a booming music scene with famous venues like Cain’s Ballroom. Tulsa is filled with all sorts of delicious food and drinks. There’s Hodge’s Bend for coffee and cocktails and a delicious, swanky brunch at the Tavern on Brady .

According to US News, the average income spent on living expenses is only 26.54 percent, leaving lots of money to save and spend on activities and that latte you know you need to fuel you through your shift. And the best part…there are tons of travel nursing placements in Tulsa and they all pay pretty well compared to the cost of living. Hillcrest Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital.

Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids, Michigan lies east of Lake Michigan and sits on the Grand River. Travel & Leisure named Grand Rapids one of America’s most underrated cities and we couldn’t agree more. The city is rich in culture and has enough museums alone to keep you busy on your off days. There are many draws to this city, especially including the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The gardens include art from several famous artists including Ai Weiwei and Henry Moore.

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is filled with an array of options from handmade crafts to fresh fruits and vegetables, making it the perfect place to spend your Saturday morning. Spend your Saturday night exploring the nightlife in Grand Rapids has to offer. It is best known for its many breweries scattered around the town. Breweries, farmers marketing, and history aren’t all this town has to offer, because just a short drive outside of the city there’s Millenium park where you can hike, lounge by the beach, or explore one of the several lakes.

According to US News, the average income spent on living expenses is only 25.36 percent, making this city not only a great place to live, but also an affordable one. The placements in Grand Rapids offer a good sized weekly pay that won’t have to get eaten by bills every month.


If you feel like trying out city life for a few weeks, head to to request a quote and see what placements are available.

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