Spokane Valley, WA (population: 88,534) has seven nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Washington State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a nursing program, has a total student population of 26,101. It is the 131st highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Nursing students from Spokane Valley schools who go on to become nurses, registered nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today.
Of the 7 nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Spokane Valley, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gonzaga University comes out as the most expensive ($26,287/yr) for nursing students, with Spokane Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,422/yr.