Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has eleven mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Grand River Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a mechanics program, has a total student population of 102. It is the 750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Mechanics students from Kansas City schools who go on to become mechanics, aviation mechanics, mechanical engineers, auto mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 71,890 people working as mechanical drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,790. Also, Radio mechanics make on average $42,250 per year and there are about 5,690 of them employed in the US today.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary.
Of the 11 mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saline County Career Center comes out as the most expensive ($17,820/yr) for mechanics students, with State Fair Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,029/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|