Waukegan, IL (population: 91,248) has twenty-three 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 Waukegan 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.
Waukegan lies in Lake county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary.
Of the 23 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Waukegan, 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 Waukegan|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||20.2 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||21.1 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||23.6 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||25.4 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||25.5 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||28.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||29.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||30.8 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||32.9 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||33.5 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||33.8 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||33.9 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||35.5 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||40.2 miles|