Surprise, AZ (population: 104,876) has three acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 1,482. It is the 1730th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Acupuncture students from Surprise 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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 570 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $46,130. Physical therapists in this area earn $69,260/yr and there are 1,900 employed.
Surprise lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Surprise are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 3 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Surprise, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts comes out as the most expensive ($20,268/yr) for acupuncture students, with Southwest Institute of Healing Arts as the lowest, reported at only $20,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Surprise|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||66.3 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.0 miles|