Indianapolis, IN (population: 803,930) has eight acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Daemen College, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 2,921. It is the 474th highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Acupuncture students from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis-Carmel area alone, there are 390 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $43,990. Physical therapists in this area earn $67,710/yr and there are 1,570 employed.
Indianapolis lies in Marion county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Indianapolis-Carmel area has 870,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $20.15/hr average worker wage, and a $41,900 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.807 out of every 1000 jobs in Indianapolis are held by physical therapists, and 0.447/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 8 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Indianapolis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, American Institute of Alternative Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($20,439/yr) for acupuncture students, with Western Kentucky University as the lowest, reported at only $9,729/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Indianapolis|
|West Lafayette||IN||-||1||78.6553||122||60.0 miles|
|Terre Haute||IN||60,269||5||28.5376||204||68.9 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||86.8 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||98.5 miles|