Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has two dental schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 1,198. It is the 2683rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Dental students from Tucson schools who go on to become dentists, orthodontists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 86,270 people working as dentists, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $156,850. 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 Tucson area alone, there are 490 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $71,800. Dentists, general in this area earn $201,750/yr and there are 310 employed.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by dentists, general, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental schools in Tucson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($16,362/yr) for dental students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|