Independence, MO (population: 110,030) has four medicine schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Kansas, the highest ranked school in this group with a medicine program, has a total student population of 29,242. It is the 984th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Medicine students from Independence 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. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 510 employed anesthesiologists earning an average salary of $#. Physicians and surgeons in this area earn $194,080/yr and there are 1,460 employed.
Independence 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. Thus, about 1.473 out of every 1000 jobs in Independence are held by physicians and surgeons, and 0.520/1000 are held by anesthesiologists.
Of the 4 medicine schools with a 100-mile radius of Independence, only 2 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 University of Kansas as the lowest, reported at only $17,254/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Independence|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||6.5 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||10.9 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||11.7 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||12.1 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||52.7 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||88.6 miles|