Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has three bookkeeping schools within its city limits. Rhodes College, the highest ranked school in the city with a bookkeeping program, has a total student population of 1,673. It is the 123rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Bookkeeping students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 3,350 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $61,520. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $34,760/yr and there are 6,230 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.292 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 5.538/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 3 bookkeeping schools in Memphis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rhodes College comes out as the most expensive ($25,801/yr) for bookkeeping students, with Southwest Tennessee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,338/yr.