Westbrook, ME has ten cooking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Boston University, the highest ranked school in this group with a cooking program, has a total student population of 31,960. It is the 32nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Cooking students from Westbrook 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.
Westbrook lies in Cumberland county, which is one of the 9 counties in Maine. Overall, the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area has 195,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $20.01/hr average worker wage, and a $41,620 average annual salary.
Of the 10 cooking schools with a 100-mile radius of Westbrook, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts comes out as the most expensive ($44,097/yr) for cooking students, with North Shore Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,134/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Westbrook|
|South Portland||ME||-||2||20.6898||57||7.0 miles|
|S Portland||ME||-||1||12.3758||12||7.0 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||77.9 miles|
|New London||NH||-||5||27.7354||166||82.9 miles|