Santa Cruz, CA (population: 57,690) has twenty-five 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 Santa Cruz 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.
Santa Cruz lies in Santa Cruz county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area has 84,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,870 average annual salary.
Of the 25 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Cruz, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, CSI Career College comes out as the most expensive ($44,912/yr) for dental hygienist students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Cruz|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||25.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||27.9 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||43.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||43.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||51.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||51.5 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||52.1 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||59.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||64.3 miles|