Keene, NH has twenty 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 Keene 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.
Keene lies in Cheshire county, which is one of the 6 counties in New Hampshire. Overall, the Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area has 39,460 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.2% unemployment rate, $19.77/hr average worker wage, and a $41,130 average annual salary.
Of the 20 cooking schools with a 100-mile radius of Keene, only 3 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 Massasoit Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,610/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Keene|
|New London||NH||-||5||27.7354||166||36.4 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||60.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||70.0 miles|
|East Windsor||CT||-||1||6.26683||12||71.8 miles|