Little Rock, AR (population: 192,247) has two chef schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ozarka College, the highest ranked school in this group with a chef program, has a total student population of 1,364. It is the 4851st highest ranked school in the USA and the 59th highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Chef students from Little Rock schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary.
Of the 2 chef schools with a 100-mile radius of Little Rock, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pulaski Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($8,370/yr) for chef students, with Ozarka College as the lowest, reported at only $4,722/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Little Rock|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||42.8 miles|