Hilo, HI (population: 45,456) has two dental schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Hawaii at Manoa, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental program, has a total student population of 20,435. It is the 282nd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Hawaii.
Dental students from Hilo 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 Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 120 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $74,940. Dentists, general in this area earn $189,900/yr and there are 150 employed.
Hilo lies in Hawaii county, which is one of the 4 counties in Hawaii. Overall, the Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area has 157,120 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.24/hr average worker wage, and a $40,030 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.956 out of every 1000 jobs in Hilo are held by dentists, general, and 0.794/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental schools with a 500-mile radius of Hilo, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald College-Honolulu comes out as the most expensive ($14,988/yr) for dental students, with University of Hawaii at Manoa as the lowest, reported at only $10,275/yr.
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