Honolulu, HI (population: 375,134) has two dental assistant schools within its city limits. University of Hawaii at Manoa, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 20,435. It is the 282nd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Hawaii.
Dental Assistant students from Honolulu schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Honolulu area alone, there are 580 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $62,970. Dental assistants in this area earn $29,850/yr and there are 1,270 employed.
Honolulu lies in Honolulu county, which is one of the 4 counties in Hawaii. Overall, the Honolulu area has 430,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Honolulu are held by dental assistants, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools in Honolulu, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald College-Honolulu comes out as the most expensive ($14,988/yr) for dental assistant students, with University of Hawaii at Manoa as the lowest, reported at only $10,275/yr.