Lake Charles, LA (population: 71,903) has four dental 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 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 students from Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles area alone, there are 80 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $41,990. Dentists, general in this area earn $*/yr and there are 40 employed.
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. Thus, about 0.463 out of every 1000 jobs in Lake Charles are held by dentists, general, and 0.939/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 4 dental 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 students, with Lamar State College-Orange as the lowest, reported at only $2,546/yr.