South Bend, IN (population: 103,173) has two astronomy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with an astronomy program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Astronomy students from South Bend schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
South Bend lies in St. Joseph county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the South Bend-Mishawaka-MI area has 128,750 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4.8% unemployment rate, $18.07/hr average worker wage, and a $37,590 average annual salary.
Of the 2 astronomy schools with a 100-mile radius of South Bend, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($28,371/yr) for astronomy students, with University of Chicago as the lowest, reported at only $24,382/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from South Bend|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||2.2 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||32.3 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||53.7 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||65.3 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||68.5 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||69.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||71.7 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||72.3 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||72.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||75.0 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||76.4 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||78.9 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||79.5 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||79.7 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||81.0 miles|