Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has eight dental schools within its city limits. The College of Health Care Professions, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 810. It is the 941st highest ranked school in the USA and the 41st highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Dental students from Houston 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 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 2,260 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $66,610. Dentists, general in this area earn $129,550/yr and there are 1,370 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.535 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by dentists, general, and 0.880/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 8 dental schools in Houston, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest Institute-Greenspoint comes out as the most expensive ($28,224/yr) for dental students, with Houston Community College System as the lowest, reported at only $7,796/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|