Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has three ministry schools within its city limits. Columbia International University, the highest ranked school in the city with a ministry program, has a total student population of 1,139. It is the 2647th highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Ministry students from Columbia 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.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary.
Of the 3 ministry schools in Columbia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Columbia International University comes out as the most expensive ($12,763/yr) for ministry students, with W L Bonner College as the lowest, reported at only $5,855/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|