Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has three gerontology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 14,575. It is the 143rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Gerontology students from Seattle schools who go on to become gerontologists, physicians, clinical dietitians, medical staff physicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,308,380 people working as life, physical, and social science employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,660. Also, Rehabilitation counselors make on average $34,710 per year and there are about 112,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,940 employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $38,790. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $73,030/yr and there are 24,970 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 17.773 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and 2.092/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
Of the 3 gerontology schools with a 100-mile radius of Seattle, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Puget Sound comes out as the most expensive ($29,490/yr) for gerontology students, with The Evergreen State College as the lowest, reported at only $10,873/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|