Elkhart, IN (population: 52,987) has twenty-six automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics 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.
Automotive and Mechanics students from Elkhart schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Columbus area alone, there are 30 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $42,640. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $34,590/yr and there are 160 employed.
Elkhart lies in Elkhart county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Columbus area has 41,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $19.74/hr average worker wage, and a $41,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.946 out of every 1000 jobs in Elkhart are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.781/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 26 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Elkhart, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lincoln College of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($35,056/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Triton College as the lowest, reported at only $2,479/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elkhart|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||14.0 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||15.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||47.8 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||48.8 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||56.8 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||60.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||80.8 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||81.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||84.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||87.1 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||88.4 miles|
|Grand Rapids||MI||193,337||12||26.8368||469||89.3 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||90.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||91.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||94.4 miles|