Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has three biology schools within its city limits. Rockhurst University, the highest ranked school in the city with a biology program, has a total student population of 3,029. It is the 1885th highest ranked school in the USA and the 57th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Biology students from Kansas City schools who go on to become biologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, molecular biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are ** employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $45,750. Biological scientists in this area earn $66,880/yr and there are 70 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.073 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by biological scientists, and **/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 3 biology schools in Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rockhurst University comes out as the most expensive ($17,953/yr) for biology students, with Avila University as the lowest, reported at only $14,472/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|