El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has five 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 El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 5 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, none 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.