Lawton, OK (population: 87,265) has four acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Taos Branch, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 1,429. It is the 5975th highest ranked school in the USA and the 40th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Acupuncture students from Lawton 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.
Lawton lies in Comanche county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Lawton area has 40,850 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.23/hr average worker wage, and a $33,750 average annual salary.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Lawton, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of New Mexico-Taos Branch comes out as the most expensive ($8,973/yr) for acupuncture students, with University of New Mexico-Taos Branch as the lowest, reported at only $8,973/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lawton|
|Wichita Falls||TX||103,067||2||34.7529||101||48.8 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||69.7 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||79.2 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||84.1 miles|