Jackson, MS (population: 171,210) has five 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 Jackson 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.
Jackson lies in Hinds county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Jackson area has 245,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.60/hr average worker wage, and a $36,600 average annual salary.
Of the 5 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Jackson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Kentucky University comes out as the most expensive ($9,729/yr) for acupuncture students, with Our Lady of the Lake College as the lowest, reported at only $9,125/yr.