Spokane, WA (population: 204,424) has four healthcare schools within its city limits. Whitworth University, the highest ranked school in the city with a healthcare program, has a total student population of 2,781. It is the 189th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Healthcare students from Spokane 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 Spokane area alone, there are 420 employed mental health counselors earning an average salary of $48,680. Healthcare practitioners and technical workers in this area earn $62,410/yr and there are 40 employed.
Spokane lies in Spokane county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Spokane area has 203,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.72/hr average worker wage, and a $41,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.214 out of every 1000 jobs in Spokane are held by healthcare practitioners and technical workers, and 2.038/1000 are held by mental health counselors.
Of the 4 healthcare schools in Spokane, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gonzaga University comes out as the most expensive ($26,287/yr) for healthcare students, with Spokane Falls Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,026/yr.