Naperville, IL (population: 146,177) has thirty-seven wildlife schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Wildlife students from Naperville schools who go on to become wildlife technicians, wildlife biologists, foresters, wildlife managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 7,530 people working as fish and game wardens alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $54,950. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today.
Naperville lies in DuPage county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary.
Of the 37 wildlife schools with a 500-mile radius of Naperville, only 17 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sewanee: The University of the South comes out as the most expensive ($22,173/yr) for wildlife students, with Bay de Noc Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,918/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Naperville|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||7.3 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||9.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||11.1 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||11.7 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||12.2 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||15.2 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||16.6 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||19.3 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||19.8 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||19.8 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||20.6 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||20.8 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||22.4 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||22.7 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||23.6 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||24.0 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||24.4 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||24.4 miles|