Waukegan, IL (population: 91,248) has thirty-five child day care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with a child day care program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Child Day Care students from Waukegan schools who go on to become day care specialists, social workers, nannies, day care professionals, 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 Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 560 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $56,920. Child care workers in this area earn $23,310/yr and there are 1,060 employed.
Waukegan lies in Lake county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Waukegan are held by child care workers, and 1/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 35 child day care schools with a 100-mile radius of Waukegan, only 15 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr) for child day care students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Waukegan|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||20.2 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||21.1 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||23.6 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||25.4 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||25.5 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||28.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||29.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||30.8 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||32.9 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||33.5 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||33.8 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||33.9 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||35.5 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||40.2 miles|