Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has three ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bethel College, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 437. It is the 1898th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Ministry students from Wichita 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.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary.
Of the 3 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Wichita, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tabor College comes out as the most expensive ($19,528/yr) for ministry students, with Bethany College as the lowest, reported at only $14,518/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|