Bellingham, WA (population: 82,173) has four healthcare schools within its city limits. Western Washington University, the highest ranked school in the city with a healthcare 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).
Healthcare students from Bellingham 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.
Bellingham lies in Whatcom county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Bellingham area has 76,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.5% unemployment rate, $19.17/hr average worker wage, and a $39,870 average annual salary.
Of the 4 healthcare schools in Bellingham, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Washington University comes out as the most expensive ($12,228/yr) for healthcare students, with Bellingham Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $8,289/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bellingham|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||99.1 miles|