Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has three chemistry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a chemistry program, has a total student population of 27,241. It is the 1620th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Chemistry students from Albuquerque 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.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 3 chemistry schools with a 100-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of New Mexico-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($10,302/yr) for chemistry students, with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as the lowest, reported at only $7,906/yr.