Cape Coral, FL (population: 161,428) has five physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Florida Gulf Coast University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy program, has a total student population of 11,092. It is the 417th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Physical Therapy students from Cape Coral schools who go on to become physical therapists, PTs, exercise physiologists, physical therapy assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area alone, there are 40 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $23,260. Physical therapists in this area earn $83,430/yr and there are 360 employed.
Cape Coral lies in Lee county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area has 201,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Cape Coral are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 5 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Cape Coral, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South University-Tampa comes out as the most expensive ($16,017/yr) for physical therapy students, with St Petersburg College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cape Coral|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||8.3 miles|
|Fort Myers||FL||68,373||7||23.467||192||9.3 miles|
|Bonita Springs||FL||44,290||0||-||0||24.5 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||25.1 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||30.7 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||86.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||95.0 miles|