El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has eight plumbing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a plumbing program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona.
Plumbing students from El Paso schools who go on to become plumbers, journeyman plumbers, plumber gasfitters, residental plumbers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 8 plumbing schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Maricopa Skill Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,056/yr) for plumbing students, with Central Arizona College as the lowest, reported at only $7,459/yr.