Chico, CA (population: 85,863) has eleven ESL schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pacific Union College, the highest ranked school in this group with an ESL program, has a total student population of 1,526. It is the 442nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 30th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
ESL students from Chico schools who go on to become english as a second language instructors, ESL trainers, ESL teachers, ESL tutors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,490 people working as english language and literature teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,860. Also, Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors make on average $50,390 per year and there are about 68,430 of them employed in the US today.
Chico lies in Butte county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Chico area has 69,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,630 average annual salary.
Of the 11 ESL schools with a 100-mile radius of Chico, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,730/yr) for ESL students, with Cosumnes River College as the lowest, reported at only $5,940/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chico|
|Yuba City||CA||62,588||1||36.3939||5||43.4 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||83.5 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||84.1 miles|