Portsmouth, VA (population: 102,540) has eighteen acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Drexel University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 22,493. It is the 108th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Acupuncture students from Portsmouth 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 50 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $67,570. Physical therapists in this area earn $75,690/yr and there are 700 employed.
Portsmouth lies in Portsmouth county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.956 out of every 1000 jobs in Portsmouth are held by physical therapists, and 0.074/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 18 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Portsmouth, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Drexel University comes out as the most expensive ($31,832/yr) for acupuncture students, with Northern Essex Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,511/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portsmouth|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||17.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||19.6 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||71.4 miles|