Detroit, MI (population: 901,160) has three wildlife schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Michigan State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 47,071. It is the 45th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Wildlife students from Detroit 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.
Detroit lies in Wayne county, which is one of the 62 counties in Michigan. Overall, the Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn Metropolitan area has 705,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $22.55/hr average worker wage, and a $46,900 average annual salary.
Of the 3 wildlife schools with a 100-mile radius of Detroit, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Michigan State University comes out as the most expensive ($14,708/yr) for wildlife students, with University of Michigan-Flint as the lowest, reported at only $10,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Detroit|
|Madison Heights||MI||-||2||27.3656||17||7.3 miles|
|Royal Oak||MI||56,742||1||28.1635||4||9.3 miles|
|Dearborn Heights||MI||49,619||0||-||0||9.4 miles|
|Saint Clair Shores||MI||59,971||1||11.5792||3||13.1 miles|
|Sterling Heights||MI||127,075||1||28.9156||3||14.3 miles|
|Farmington Hills||MI||78,114||1||0.013626||0||16.2 miles|
|Bloomfield Township||MI||41,179||0||-||0||16.3 miles|
|Clinton Township||MI||-||2||7.68254||63||17.0 miles|
|West Bloomfield Township||MI||71,474||0||-||0||19.4 miles|
|Rochester Hills||MI||68,883||1||23.9536||51||20.3 miles|
|Auburn Hills||MI||-||2||5.8467||61||22.3 miles|
|Ann Arbor||MI||113,880||5||27.5859||183||33.0 miles|
|Port Huron||MI||-||5||17.4204||129||53.4 miles|
|East Lansing||MI||45,575||2||19.4594||4||74.6 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||75.3 miles|