Kennewick, WA (population: 65,634) has five broadcasting schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Whitman College, the highest ranked school in this group with a broadcasting program, has a total student population of 1,515. It is the 77th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Broadcasting students from Kennewick schools who go on to become broadcast technicians, reporters, news reporters, news anchors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 31,220 people working as broadcast technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $38,330. Also, Broadcast news analysts make on average $67,990 per year and there are about 5,820 of them employed in the US today.
Kennewick lies in Benton county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland area has 94,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $22.09/hr average worker wage, and a $45,950 average annual salary.
Of the 5 broadcasting schools with a 100-mile radius of Kennewick, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Whitman College comes out as the most expensive ($27,293/yr) for broadcasting students, with Columbia Basin College as the lowest, reported at only $7,051/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kennewick|
|College Place||WA||-||1||26.6245||62||38.9 miles|
|Walla Walla||WA||-||2||48.096||122||40.7 miles|