Grand Prairie, TX (population: 167,767) has ten sports schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Christian University, the highest ranked school in this group with a sports program, has a total student population of 8,853. It is the 142nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Sports students from Grand Prairie 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. In fact, in the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 60 employed umpires, referees, and other sports officials earning an average salary of $25,670. Athletes and sports competitors in this area earn $130,810/yr and there are 320 employed.
Grand Prairie lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.155 out of every 1000 jobs in Grand Prairie are held by athletes and sports competitors, and 0.031/1000 are held by umpires, referees, and other sports officials.
Of the 10 sports schools with a 100-mile radius of Grand Prairie, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baylor University comes out as the most expensive ($26,444/yr) for sports students, with Texas A & M University-Commerce as the lowest, reported at only $9,018/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Grand Prairie|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||16.5 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||17.7 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||19.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||23.9 miles|