Fairfax, VA has sixteen dental schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. George Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental program, has a total student population of 25,061. It is the 52nd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of District Of Columbia.
Dental students from Fairfax 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,230 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $87,300. Dentists, general in this area earn $191,090/yr and there are 1,510 employed.
Fairfax lies in Fairfax county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Fairfax are held by dentists, general, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 16 dental schools with a 100-mile radius of Fairfax, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, YTI Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($41,895/yr) for dental students, with Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry as the lowest, reported at only $5,008/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fairfax|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||7.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||16.7 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||18.5 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||20.8 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||21.2 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||23.9 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||38.9 miles|