Yakima, WA (population: 85,326) has twenty-eight sports schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Washington State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a sports program, has a total student population of 26,101. It is the 131st highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Sports students from Yakima 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.
Yakima lies in Yakima county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Yakima area has 80,770 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $17.85/hr average worker wage, and a $37,140 average annual salary.
Of the 28 sports schools with a 500-mile radius of Yakima, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Seattle University comes out as the most expensive ($27,268/yr) for sports students, with Bellevue College as the lowest, reported at only $4,749/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Yakima|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||75.6 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||90.7 miles|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||98.9 miles|