Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has three acting schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Catawba College, the highest ranked school in this group with an acting program, has a total student population of 1,358. It is the 2782nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 50th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Acting students from Gastonia schools who go on to become actors, playwrights, dramatists, theatre professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 39,880 people working as actors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0. Also, Producers and directors make on average $86,870 per year and there are about 79,780 of them employed in the US today.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary.
Of the 3 acting schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Catawba College comes out as the most expensive ($17,241/yr) for acting students, with Coker College as the lowest, reported at only $11,515/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|