Downers Grove, IL (population: 49,475) has forty-five electronics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with an electronics program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Electronics students from Downers Grove schools who go on to become electronic workers, electricians, electronic technologists, electronics engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 193,570 people working as electrical and electronic equipment assemblers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $30,690. Also, Electrical and electronic engineering technicians make on average $55,410 per year and there are about 154,050 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,010 employed electrical and electronic engineering technicians earning an average salary of $54,480. Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in this area earn $26,150/yr and there are 6,790 employed.
Downers Grove lies in DuPage county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Downers Grove are held by electrical and electronic equipment assemblers, and 1/1000 are held by electrical and electronic engineering technicians.
Of the 45 electronics schools with a 100-mile radius of Downers Grove, only 16 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lincoln College of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($35,056/yr) for electronics students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Downers Grove|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||5.9 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||6.4 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||8.8 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||10.1 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||12.6 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||12.9 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||13.4 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||14.7 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||15.2 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||15.8 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.1 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||19.0 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||19.1 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||19.7 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||20.1 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||20.2 miles|