Oak Park, IL (population: 49,270) has twenty-one physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Physical Therapy students from Oak Park 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,800 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $24,550. Physical therapists in this area earn $81,820/yr and there are 5,200 employed.
Oak Park lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Oak Park are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 21 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Oak Park, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($28,371/yr) for physical therapy students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oak Park|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||1.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||3.4 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||10.2 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||11.2 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||13.4 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||14.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||14.6 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||15.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||15.4 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||16.9 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||17.1 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||17.6 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||19.6 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||19.8 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||20.0 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||21.5 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||22.1 miles|