Allentown, PA (population: 107,685) has twenty-five ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Drew University, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 2,667. It is the 212th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of New Jersey (#1 is Rutgers University-New Brunswick).
Ministry students from Allentown 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.
Allentown lies in Lehigh county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton-NJ area has 330,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.60/hr average worker wage, and a $40,780 average annual salary.
Of the 25 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Allentown, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Drew University comes out as the most expensive ($34,379/yr) for ministry students, with Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook as the lowest, reported at only $8,298/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Allentown|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||6.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||28.9 miles|
|East Stroudsburg||PA||-||1||60.9016||70||31.8 miles|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||36.9 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||39.0 miles|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||49.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||49.9 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||54.6 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||54.7 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||55.6 miles|