Tuscaloosa, AL (population: 93,932) has six dental hygienist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Alabama at Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental hygienist program, has a total student population of 16,874. It is the 2390th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Dental Hygienist students from Tuscaloosa schools who go on to become dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental professionals, dental hygienistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 173,900 people working as dental hygienists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,860. Also, Dentists specialists make on average $153,570 per year and there are about 5,010 of them employed in the US today.
Tuscaloosa lies in Tuscaloosa county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Tuscaloosa area has 89,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,430 average annual salary.
Of the 6 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Tuscaloosa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Alabama at Birmingham comes out as the most expensive ($11,131/yr) for dental hygienist students, with Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus as the lowest, reported at only $7,065/yr.