Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has two cooking schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of Tucson, the highest ranked school in the city with a cooking program, has a total student population of 346. It is the 2732nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Cooking students from Tucson schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary.
Of the 2 cooking schools in Tucson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Tucson comes out as the most expensive ($25,117/yr) for cooking students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|