Baton Rouge, LA (population: 221,091) has four ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Louisiana College, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 1,461. It is the 455th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Louisiana (#1 is Tulane University of Louisiana).
Ministry students from Baton Rouge 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.
Baton Rouge lies in East Baton Rouge county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Baton Rouge area has 365,170 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.35/hr average worker wage, and a $38,170 average annual salary.
Of the 4 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Baton Rouge, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University New Orleans comes out as the most expensive ($14,896/yr) for ministry students, with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as the lowest, reported at only $10,853/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Baton Rouge|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||52.1 miles|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||76.4 miles|
|Alcorn State||MS||-||1||24.4923||50||98.8 miles|