Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has four dental schools within its city limits. Concorde Career Colleges, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 821. It is the 1757th highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Dental students from Kansas City 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 1,390 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $70,580. Dentists, general in this area earn $155,000/yr and there are 490 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.496 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by dentists, general, and 1.404/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 4 dental schools in Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, High-Tech Institute-Kansas City comes out as the most expensive ($26,163/yr) for dental students, with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as the lowest, reported at only $3,266/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|