Arlington Heights, IL (population: 73,268) has one hundred bookkeeping schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a bookkeeping 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.
Bookkeeping students from Arlington Heights schools who go on to become bookkeepers, bookkeeping clerks, accounting managers, accounting officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,757,870 people working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,750. Also, Accountants and auditors make on average $67,430 per year and there are about 1,106,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 32,880 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $72,380. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $37,280/yr and there are 38,970 employed.
Arlington Heights lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 11 out of every 1000 jobs in Arlington Heights are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 9/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 100 bookkeeping schools with a 100-mile radius of Arlington Heights, only 12 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 bookkeeping students, with BIR Training Center as the lowest, reported at only $3,504/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Arlington Heights|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||2.5 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||5.8 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||8.5 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||10.5 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||12.8 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||13.6 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||13.9 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||14.1 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||15.4 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||15.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||15.8 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||16.9 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||20.2 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||20.4 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||30.7 miles|