Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has twenty-nine dental hygienist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of the Pacific, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental hygienist program, has a total student population of 6,401. It is the 228th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Dental Hygienist students from Merced 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.
Merced lies in Merced county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Merced area has 59,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary.
Of the 29 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, High-Tech Institute-Sacramento comes out as the most expensive ($27,279/yr) for dental hygienist students, with Reedley College as the lowest, reported at only $5,081/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merced|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||75.4 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||82.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||87.1 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||89.0 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||91.2 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||95.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||95.9 miles|