Little Rock, AR (population: 192,247) has five acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Western Kentucky University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 20,712. It is the 1859th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Kentucky (#1 is Centre College).
Acupuncture students from Little Rock schools who go on to become acupuncturists, massage therapists, alternative medicinal caregivers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Health diagnosing and treating practitioners make on average $77,630 per year and there are about 32,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 90 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $65,260. Physical therapists in this area earn $74,960/yr and there are 600 employed.
Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Little Rock are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 5 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Little Rock, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Kentucky University comes out as the most expensive ($9,729/yr) for acupuncture students, with Our Lady of the Lake College as the lowest, reported at only $9,125/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Little Rock|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||42.8 miles|