El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has ten 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 El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 10 christian schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 1 has 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 Wayland Baptist University as the lowest, reported at only $10,160/yr.