Lowell, MA (population: 104,063) has five acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Plymouth State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 6,263. It is the 2025th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of New Hampshire (#1 is Saint Anselm College).
Acupuncture students from Lowell 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.
Lowell lies in Middlesex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford-NH NECTA area has 115,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $26.02/hr average worker wage, and a $54,110 average annual salary.
Of the 5 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Lowell, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Plymouth State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,909/yr) for acupuncture students, with Northern Essex Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,511/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lowell|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||10.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||22.6 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||46.3 miles|