Gainesville, FL (population: 116,277) has forty-five ministry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Duke University, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 14,350. It is the 15th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of North Carolina.
Ministry students from Gainesville schools who go on to become pastors, ministers, priests, ministry workers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 6,140 people working as religious workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,160. Also, Community and social services employees make on average $42,750 per year and there are about 1,891,320 of them employed in the US today.
Gainesville lies in Alachua county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Gainesville area has 121,070 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,250 average annual salary.
Of the 45 ministry schools with a 500-mile radius of Gainesville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wake Forest University comes out as the most expensive ($28,737/yr) for ministry students, with W L Bonner College as the lowest, reported at only $5,855/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gainesville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||51.2 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||63.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||68.3 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||84.5 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||87.7 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||88.2 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||92.3 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||95.6 miles|