Lake Charles, LA (population: 71,903) has four dental hygienist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental hygienist program, has a total student population of 16,361. It is the 1944th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of Louisiana (#1 is Tulane University of Louisiana).
Dental Hygienist students from Lake Charles 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.
Lake Charles lies in Calcasieu county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Lake Charles area has 89,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $17.28/hr average worker wage, and a $35,940 average annual salary.
Of the 4 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Lake Charles, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas Careers-Beaumont comes out as the most expensive ($24,246/yr) for dental hygienist students, with Lamar State College-Orange as the lowest, reported at only $2,546/yr.