Surprise, AZ (population: 104,876) has nine social work schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with a social work program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Social Work students from Surprise schools who go on to become social work case managers, social workers, social scientists, health and social service managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 73,250 people working as social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,470. Also, Community and social services employees make on average $42,750 per year and there are about 1,891,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 19,240 employed community and social services employees earning an average salary of $39,930. Social workers in this area earn $62,990/yr and there are 190 employed.
Surprise lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Surprise are held by social workers, and 11/1000 are held by community and social services employees.
Of the 9 social work schools with a 100-mile radius of Surprise, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for social work students, with Glendale Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,676/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Surprise|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||66.3 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.0 miles|