Madison, WI (population: 237,838) has ten 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 Madison 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 Madison area alone, there are 1,160 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $24,390. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $47,580/yr and there are 690 employed.
Madison lies in Dane county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Madison area has 329,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $21.23/hr average worker wage, and a $44,150 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.091 out of every 1000 jobs in Madison are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 3.515/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 10 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of Madison, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Elgin Community College comes out as the most expensive ($8,508/yr) for child development students, with Rock Valley College as the lowest, reported at only $3,120/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Madison|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||67.1 miles|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||68.9 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||79.8 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||88.3 miles|
|Wisconsin Rapids||WI||-||1||14.8847||67||92.7 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||95.0 miles|