Evansville, IN (population: 115,666) has seven chef schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rend Lake College, the highest ranked school in this group with a chef program, has a total student population of 5,871. It is the 4137th highest ranked school in the USA and the 149th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Chef students from Evansville 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.
Evansville lies in Vanderburgh county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Evansville-KY area has 168,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $18.49/hr average worker wage, and a $38,450 average annual salary.
Of the 7 chef schools with a 100-mile radius of Evansville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Vincennes University comes out as the most expensive ($8,501/yr) for chef students, with Kaskaskia College as the lowest, reported at only $5,747/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Evansville|
|Oakland City||IN||-||1||58.4328||69||27.0 miles|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||92.3 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||95.7 miles|