Gary, IN (population: 94,891) has five 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 Gary 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 Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 640 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $46,410. Construction managers in this area earn $122,370/yr and there are 320 employed.
Gary lies in Lake county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Gary are held by construction managers, and 2/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 5 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Gary, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Dupage comes out as the most expensive ($21,954/yr) for construction students, with Waubonsee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,828/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gary|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||9.9 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||13.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||16.6 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||18.0 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||20.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||20.9 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||23.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||24.1 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||24.2 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||26.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||30.7 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||34.1 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||37.7 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||39.0 miles|