Santa Clara, CA (population: 112,889) has thirty-two dental schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of the Pacific, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental 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 students from Santa Clara 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 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area alone, there are 720 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $88,330. Dentists, general in this area earn $151,570/yr and there are 930 employed.
Santa Clara lies in Santa Clara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area has 888,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $32/hr average worker wage, and a $66,780 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Santa Clara are held by dentists, general, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 32 dental schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Clara, only 10 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 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 Clara|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||8.2 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||16.1 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||22.8 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||24.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||25.5 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||27.9 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||31.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||36.9 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||38.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||85.4 miles|