El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has twenty-one distance education schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with a distance education program, has a total student population of 30,049. It is the 150th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Distance Education students from El Paso schools who go on to become distance educators, teachers, online educators, online teachers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 56,880 people working as education teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,160. Also, Mathematical science teachers make on average $70,550 per year and there are about 48,100 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the El Paso area alone, there are 130 employed mathematical science teachers earning an average salary of $59,830. Education teachers in this area earn $51,310/yr and there are 130 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.471 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by education teachers, and 0.489/1000 are held by mathematical science teachers.
Of the 21 distance education schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Fe University of Art and Design comes out as the most expensive ($27,381/yr) for distance education students, with Northern New Mexico College as the lowest, reported at only $5,623/yr.