Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has nine 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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 60 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $63,880. Physical therapists in this area earn $68,760/yr and there are 1,200 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.216 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by physical therapists, and 0.063/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 9 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern Health Sciences University comes out as the most expensive ($35,062/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 Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|