Omaha, NE (population: 449,283) has five dental schools within its city limits. Creighton University, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 7,385. It is the 1200th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Nebraska (#1 is University of Nebraska at Kearney).
Dental students from Omaha 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 Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area alone, there are 410 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $67,910. Dentists, general in this area earn $152,320/yr and there are 240 employed.
Omaha lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 40 counties in Nebraska. Overall, the Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area has 452,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.23/hr average worker wage, and a $40,000 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.541 out of every 1000 jobs in Omaha are held by dentists, general, and 0.911/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 5 dental schools in Omaha, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Creighton University comes out as the most expensive ($25,370/yr) for dental students, with Metropolitan Community College Area as the lowest, reported at only $6,723/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Omaha|
|Council Bluffs||IA||59,918||3||15.2545||57||7.9 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||88.0 miles|