Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has two chemistry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arizona State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a chemistry program, has a total student population of 68,064. It is the 730th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Chemistry students from Mesa schools who go on to become chemists, biochemists, analytical research chemists, chemistry professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,910 people working as chemists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $72,740. Also, Biochemists and biophysicists make on average $88,550 per year and there are about 22,860 of them employed in the US today.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary.
Of the 2 chemistry schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Arizona comes out as the most expensive ($11,728/yr) for chemistry students, with Arizona State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,603/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|