Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has three child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 14,575. It is the 143rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Child Development students from Seattle schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,220 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $30,770. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $42,180/yr and there are 1,370 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.977 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 2.294/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 3 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of Seattle, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bates Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($12,542/yr) for child development students, with Peninsula College as the lowest, reported at only $8,236/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|