Normal, IL (population: 53,432) has five physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bradley University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy program, has a total student population of 5,800. It is the 1125th highest ranked school in the USA and the 34th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Physical Therapy students from Normal 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.
Normal lies in McLean county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Bloomington-Normal area has 85,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 8% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $44,280 average annual salary.
Of the 5 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Normal, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bradley University comes out as the most expensive ($21,123/yr) for physical therapy students, with Lake Land College as the lowest, reported at only $3,935/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Normal|
|East Peoria||IL||-||2||21.1433||95||32.1 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||90.6 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||93.7 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||95.9 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||96.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||98.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||99.5 miles|