Peoria, AZ (population: 168,424) has thirty-four healthcare schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with a healthcare program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Healthcare students from Peoria schools who go on to become healthcare managers, physicians, doctors, health care administrators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 56,520 people working as healthcare practitioners and technical workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,110. Also, Mental health counselors make on average $41,710 per year and there are about 106,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 600 employed mental health counselors earning an average salary of $41,950. Healthcare practitioners and technical workers in this area earn $36,680/yr and there are 870 employed.
Peoria lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Peoria are held by healthcare practitioners and technical workers, and 0/1000 are held by mental health counselors.
Of the 34 healthcare schools with a 100-mile radius of Peoria, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College comes out as the most expensive ($54,720/yr) for healthcare students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Peoria|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||62.4 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||63.8 miles|