Elkhart, IN (population: 52,987) has three construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Westwood College-River Oaks, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 579. It is the 4147th highest ranked school in the USA and the 150th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Construction students from Elkhart schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Columbus area alone, there are 50 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $36,240. Construction managers in this area earn $70,940/yr and there are 40 employed.
Elkhart lies in Elkhart county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Columbus area has 41,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $19.74/hr average worker wage, and a $41,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.919 out of every 1000 jobs in Elkhart are held by construction managers, and 1.292/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 3 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Elkhart, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-O'Hare Airport comes out as the most expensive ($21,242/yr) for construction students, with Westwood College-River Oaks as the lowest, reported at only $18,189/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elkhart|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||14.0 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||15.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||47.8 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||48.8 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||56.8 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||60.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||80.8 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||81.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||84.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||87.1 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||88.4 miles|
|Grand Rapids||MI||193,337||12||26.8368||469||89.3 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||90.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||91.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||94.4 miles|