Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has four LVN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a LVN program, has a total student population of 1,198. It is the 2683rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
LVN students from Sierra Vista schools who go on to become licensed vocational nurses, nurses, LVNs, licensed vocational nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 728,670 people working as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $40,900. Also, Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants make on average $24,980 per year and there are about 1,438,010 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 370 employed nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants earning an average salary of $24,340. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in this area earn $40,830/yr and there are 220 employed.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.485 out of every 1000 jobs in Sierra Vista are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 5.738/1000 are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Of the 4 LVN schools with a 100-mile radius of Sierra Vista, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,123/yr) for LVN students, with Cochise College as the lowest, reported at only $3,614/yr.