Palatine, IL (population: 67,435) has twenty-two ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Marquette University, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 11,689. It is the 111th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Wisconsin (#1 is University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Ministry students from Palatine 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. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 48,710 employed community and social services employees earning an average salary of $47,010. Religious workers in this area earn $34,190/yr and there are 270 employed.
Palatine lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Palatine are held by religious workers, and 13/1000 are held by community and social services employees.
Of the 22 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Palatine, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr) for ministry students, with Moody Bible Institute as the lowest, reported at only $8,450/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palatine|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||3.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||5.8 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||6.2 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||9.1 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||9.4 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||12.5 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||13.3 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||13.9 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||15.5 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||16.1 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||16.5 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||17.0 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||18.7 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||19.9 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||21.5 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||31.8 miles|