Santa Fe, NM (population: 74,019) has one child care school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Central New Mexico Community College has a total student population of 27,999. It is the 5420th highest ranked school in the USA and the 26th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Child Care students from Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe area alone, there are 280 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $38,100. Child care workers in this area earn $25,210/yr and there are 90 employed.
Santa Fe lies in Santa Fe county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Santa Fe area has 63,510 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $20.20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.348 out of every 1000 jobs in Santa Fe are held by child care workers, and 4.335/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central New Mexico Community College ends up costing a student $10,387/yr.