Spokane, WA (population: 204,424) has three social work schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Eastern Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a social work program, has a total student population of 11,300. It is the 421st highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus). To learn more about social work programs in Spokane, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of social work professors at Eastern Washington University such as Jan Abrams, Sandy Altshuler, Lisa Avery, Blake Beecher, Irene Bittrick, and Robert Bjorklund.
Social Work students from Spokane 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 Spokane area alone, there are 4,630 employed community and social services employees earning an average salary of $41,000. Social workers in this area earn $50,710/yr and there are 340 employed.
Spokane lies in Spokane county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Spokane area has 203,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.72/hr average worker wage, and a $41,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.646 out of every 1000 jobs in Spokane are held by social workers, and 22.708/1000 are held by community and social services employees.
Of the 3 social work schools with a 100-mile radius of Spokane, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis-Clark State College comes out as the most expensive ($13,162/yr) for social work students, with North Idaho College as the lowest, reported at only $8,243/yr.