Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has fifteen christian schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Hardin-Simmons University, the highest ranked school in this group with a christian program, has a total student population of 2,305. It is the 390th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Christian students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become pastors, ministers, priests, christian faith workers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 6,140 people working as religious workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,160. Also, Community and social services employees make on average $42,750 per year and there are about 1,891,320 of them employed in the US today.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 15 christian schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Grand Canyon University comes out as the most expensive ($23,629/yr) for christian students, with Summit Christian College as the lowest, reported at only $7,533/yr.