Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has nine agriculture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with an agriculture program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Agriculture students from Phoenix schools who go on to become agriculturalists, farmers, agricultural engineers, agricultural scientists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Farmers and ranchers make on average $42,710 per year and there are about 520 of them employed in the US today.
Phoenix lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary.
Of the 9 agriculture schools with a 100-mile radius of Phoenix, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for agriculture students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|