La Crosse, WI (population: 50,893) has five child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 3,421. It is the 2432nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of Wisconsin (#1 is University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Child Development students from La Crosse 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 La Crosse-MN area alone, there are 200 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $26,060. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $47,950/yr and there are 160 employed.
La Crosse lies in La Crosse county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the La Crosse-MN area has 70,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 6.1% unemployment rate, $18.15/hr average worker wage, and a $37,750 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.274 out of every 1000 jobs in La Crosse are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 2.865/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 5 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of La Crosse, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical comes out as the most expensive ($13,314/yr) for child development students, with Chippewa Valley Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $7,381/yr.