Mentor, OH (population: 52,000) has seven cooking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mercyhurst College, the highest ranked school in this group with a cooking program, has a total student population of 4,373. It is the 352nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Cooking students from Mentor 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.
Mentor lies in Lake county, which is one of the 36 counties in Ohio. Overall, the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area has 1,003,270 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $20.16/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary.
Of the 7 cooking schools with a 100-mile radius of Mentor, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mercyhurst College comes out as the most expensive ($19,239/yr) for cooking students, with Community College of Beaver County as the lowest, reported at only $4,128/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mentor|
|Highland Heights||OH||-||2||31.299||116||12.3 miles|
|Cleveland Heights||OH||44,848||1||34.6777||3||17.2 miles|
|Warrensville Heights||OH||-||1||16.9884||13||20.1 miles|
|North Olmsted||OH||-||1||26.1035||13||36.1 miles|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||37.3 miles|
|North Canton||OH||-||2||20.0373||113||56.4 miles|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||64.9 miles|
|New Philadelphia||OH||-||2||20.6614||41||83.2 miles|
|Saint Clair Shores||MI||59,971||1||11.5792||3||97.3 miles|