Colorado Springs, CO (population: 388,306) has three acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Metropolitan State College of Denver, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 22,837. It is the 4027th highest ranked school in the USA and the 57th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Acupuncture students from Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs area alone, there are 160 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $43,470. Physical therapists in this area earn $73,200/yr and there are 420 employed.
Colorado Springs lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Colorado Springs area has 246,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Colorado Springs are held by physical therapists, and 1/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 3 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Colorado Springs, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Metropolitan State College of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($11,829/yr) for acupuncture students, with Red Rocks Community College as the lowest, reported at only $11,040/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Colorado Springs|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||36.3 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||47.3 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||49.0 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||53.4 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||70.1 miles|