Chattanooga, TN (population: 173,001) has thirteen RN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kennesaw State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a RN program, has a total student population of 22,389. It is the 386th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
RN students from Chattanooga schools who go on to become registered nurses, nurses, RNs, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530.
Chattanooga lies in Hamilton county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Chattanooga-GA area has 222,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.78/hr average worker wage, and a $36,990 average annual salary.
Of the 13 RN schools with a 100-mile radius of Chattanooga, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Adventist University comes out as the most expensive ($18,911/yr) for RN students, with Northeast Alabama Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,367/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chattanooga|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||17.0 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||55.2 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||99.1 miles|