Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has five aviation schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Pacific Union College, the highest ranked school in this group with an aviation program, has a total student population of 1,526. It is the 442nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 30th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Aviation students from Vancouver schools who go on to become aviation safety inspectors, aerospace engineers, aviators, aviation engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Aerospace engineering and operations technicians make on average $59,820 per year and there are about 7,940 of them employed in the US today.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary.
Of the 5 aviation schools with a 500-mile radius of Vancouver, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific Union College comes out as the most expensive ($22,673/yr) for aviation students, with Green River Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,158/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|