Lenexa, KS (population: 49,185) has two event planning schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kansas State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 23,581. It is the 875th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Event Planning students from Lenexa schools who go on to become event planners, wedding planners, event managers, production planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, General and operations managers make on average $110,550 per year and there are about 1,689,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 14,520 employed general and operations managers earning an average salary of $96,690. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $46,580/yr and there are 410 employed.
Lenexa lies in Johnson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.419 out of every 1000 jobs in Lenexa are held by meeting and convention planners, and 14.697/1000 are held by general and operations managers.
Of the 2 event planning schools with a 100-mile radius of Lenexa, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Missouri-Kansas City comes out as the most expensive ($17,782/yr) for event planning students, with Kansas State University as the lowest, reported at only $13,354/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lenexa|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||17.0 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||17.0 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||22.1 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||28.3 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||55.4 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||77.6 miles|