Visalia, CA (population: 127,444) has four medical schools within its city limits. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia, the highest ranked school in the city with a medical program, has a total student population of 1,252. It is the 3352nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 319th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical students from Visalia schools who go on to become physicians, doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 274,160 people working as physicians and surgeons alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $173,860. Also, Anesthesiologists make on average $211,750 per year and there are about 37,450 of them employed in the US today.
Visalia lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary.
Of the 4 medical schools in Visalia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, San Joaquin Valley College-Online comes out as the most expensive ($20,823/yr) for medical students, with College of the Sequoias as the lowest, reported at only $3,978/yr.
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