Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has eight acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 1,482. It is the 1730th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Acupuncture students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 100 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $52,530. Physical therapists in this area earn $63,910/yr and there are 440 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.151 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by physical therapists, and 0.253/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 8 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts comes out as the most expensive ($20,268/yr) for acupuncture students, with University of New Mexico-Taos Branch as the lowest, reported at only $8,973/yr.