Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has thirty-two sports schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Utah, the highest ranked school in this group with a sports program, has a total student population of 29,284. It is the 129th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Utah.
Sports students from Albuquerque 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.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 32 sports schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Online Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,066/yr) for sports students, with Cisco College as the lowest, reported at only $4,643/yr.