Gulfport, MS (population: 71,411) has four sports schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern Mississippi, the highest ranked school in this group with a sports program, has a total student population of 15,300. It is the 1880th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Sports students from Gulfport schools who go on to become professional athletes, athletes, coaches, sports professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,620 people working as athletes and sports competitors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,950. Also, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make on average $28,490 per year and there are about 14,860 of them employed in the US today.
Gulfport lies in Harrison county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Gulfport-Biloxi area has 101,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $17.09/hr average worker wage, and a $35,540 average annual salary.
Of the 4 sports schools with a 100-mile radius of Gulfport, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Mobile comes out as the most expensive ($17,568/yr) for sports students, with Southeastern Louisiana University as the lowest, reported at only $7,731/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gulfport|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||56.0 miles|
|Bay Minette||AL||-||1||14.4825||35||84.4 miles|
|Orange Beach||AL||-||1||9.16962||21||89.6 miles|