Madison, WI (population: 237,838) has seven ministry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Marquette University, the highest ranked school in this group with a ministry program, has a total student population of 11,689. It is the 111th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Wisconsin (#1 is University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Ministry students from Madison 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.
Madison lies in Dane county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Madison area has 329,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $21.23/hr average worker wage, and a $44,150 average annual salary.
Of the 7 ministry schools with a 100-mile radius of Madison, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Marquette University comes out as the most expensive ($24,839/yr) for ministry students, with University of Dubuque as the lowest, reported at only $13,676/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Madison|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||67.1 miles|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||68.9 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||79.8 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||88.3 miles|
|Wisconsin Rapids||WI||-||1||14.8847||67||92.7 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||95.0 miles|