Waukegan, IL (population: 91,248) has twenty-two 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 Waukegan 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 Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 60 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $24,120. Physical therapists in this area earn $84,120/yr and there are 450 employed.
Waukegan lies in Lake county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Waukegan are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 22 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Waukegan, only 10 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 Waukegan|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||20.2 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||21.1 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||23.6 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||25.4 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||25.5 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||28.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||29.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||30.8 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||32.9 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||33.5 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||33.8 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||33.9 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||35.5 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||40.2 miles|