El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has one cooking school within its city limits. El Paso Community College has a total student population of 28,168. It is the 5228th highest ranked school in the USA and the 296th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Cooking students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, El Paso Community College ends up costing a student $3,368/yr.