Blue Springs, MO (population: 57,147) has fourteen child care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Grand River Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a child care program, has a total student population of 102. It is the 750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Child Care students from Blue Springs schools who go on to become child care professionals, child care workers, nannies, day care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 595,650 people working as child care workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,940. Also, Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 2,030 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $35,510. Child care workers in this area earn $20,440/yr and there are 4,910 employed.
Blue Springs lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.967 out of every 1000 jobs in Blue Springs are held by child care workers, and 2.054/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 14 child care schools with a 100-mile radius of Blue Springs, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Saint Mary comes out as the most expensive ($16,489/yr) for child care students, with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as the lowest, reported at only $3,266/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Blue Springs|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||9.4 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||16.6 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||17.4 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||59.0 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||85.0 miles|