Rural versus urban location of practice site was not statistically significantly associated with anticipated retention among participants. However, rural/urban differences in retention were found for specific states. For example, NHSC LRP participants serving in rural counties of Kentucky and Nebraska show higher anticipated retention than LRP clinicians in urban counties of their states.
Also, anticipated retention rates among rural participants of New Mexico’s state loan repayment program are higher than for peers serving in the urban counties of that state. Conversely, anticipated retention in many other state programs, such as the Alaska support-for-service program, is higher in urban counties than rural counties.