Topeka, KS (population: 124,629) has six medicine schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kansas State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medicine program, has a total student population of 23,581. It is the 875th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Medicine students from Topeka schools who go on to become physicians, doctors, nurses, surgeons, 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.
Topeka lies in Shawnee county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Topeka area has 109,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.37/hr average worker wage, and a $38,200 average annual salary.
Of the 6 medicine schools with a 100-mile radius of Topeka, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Missouri-Kansas City comes out as the most expensive ($17,782/yr) for medicine students, with Neosho County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,444/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Topeka|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||60.9 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||61.5 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||68.1 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||70.8 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||76.3 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||98.6 miles|