Gulfport, MS (population: 71,411) has six dental schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pearl River Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental program, has a total student population of 5,519. It is the 1741st highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Dental students from Gulfport 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 Gulfport-Biloxi area alone, there are 100 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $47,070. Dentists, general in this area earn $163,300/yr and there are 70 employed.
Gulfport lies in Harrison county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Gulfport-Biloxi area has 101,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $17.09/hr average worker wage, and a $35,540 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.685 out of every 1000 jobs in Gulfport are held by dentists, general, and 0.980/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 6 dental schools with a 100-mile radius of Gulfport, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Delta College Inc comes out as the most expensive ($25,905/yr) for dental students, with Pearl River Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,515/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gulfport|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||56.0 miles|
|Bay Minette||AL||-||1||14.4825||35||84.4 miles|
|Orange Beach||AL||-||1||9.16962||21||89.6 miles|