Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has six 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 Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 50 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $56,450. Physical therapists in this area earn $76,790/yr and there are 760 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.249 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by physical therapists, and 0.087/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 6 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Memphis, 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.