Akron, OH (population: 205,375) has six ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ashland University, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 6,300. It is the 373rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Ministry students from Akron 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.
Akron lies in Summit county, which is one of the 36 counties in Ohio. Overall, the Akron area has 321,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $19.37/hr average worker wage, and a $40,300 average annual salary.
Of the 6 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Akron, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ashland University comes out as the most expensive ($21,117/yr) for ministry students, with Ursuline College as the lowest, reported at only $15,485/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Akron|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||6.2 miles|
|North Canton||OH||-||2||20.0373||113||15.4 miles|
|Warrensville Heights||OH||-||1||16.9884||13||24.8 miles|
|Cleveland Heights||OH||44,848||1||34.6777||3||29.8 miles|
|North Olmsted||OH||-||1||26.1035||13||31.3 miles|
|Highland Heights||OH||-||2||31.299||116||32.7 miles|
|New Philadelphia||OH||-||2||20.6614||41||41.0 miles|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||61.9 miles|
|Saint Clairsville||OH||-||2||11.9339||47||76.6 miles|