Stillwater, OK (population: 49,103) has one astronomy school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus has a total student population of 25,881. It is the 919th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Astronomy students from Stillwater 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.
Stillwater lies in Payne county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area has 122,310 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $15.68/hr average worker wage, and a $32,610 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus ends up costing a student $11,909/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Stillwater|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||39.9 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||49.3 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||51.9 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||64.5 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||64.6 miles|