Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has twenty-four landscape architecture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a landscape architecture program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Landscape Architecture students from Wichita schools who go on to become landscape architects, landscape designers, landscapers, landscape supervisors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,940 people working as landscape architects alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,910. Also, Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make on average $25,340 per year and there are about 859,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Wichita area alone, there are 1,450 employed landscaping and groundskeeping workers earning an average salary of $22,350. Landscape architects in this area earn $53,240/yr and there are 50 employed.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.160 out of every 1000 jobs in Wichita are held by landscape architects, and 4.892/1000 are held by landscaping and groundskeeping workers.
Of the 24 landscape architecture schools with a 500-mile radius of Wichita, only 19 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Louis University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($31,255/yr) for landscape architecture students, with Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester as the lowest, reported at only $1,310/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|