Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has fifteen advertising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an advertising program, has a total student population of 16,968. It is the 130th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Advertising students from Asheville schools who go on to become advertisers, advertising specialists, marketing specialists, marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 35,760 people working as advertising and promotions managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $97,670. Also, Market research analysts make on average $67,500 per year and there are about 226,410 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Asheville area alone, there are 250 employed market research analysts earning an average salary of $59,570. Advertising and promotions managers in this area earn $74,810/yr and there are 40 employed.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.206 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by advertising and promotions managers, and 1.494/1000 are held by market research analysts.
Of the 15 advertising schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bob Jones University comes out as the most expensive ($13,970/yr) for advertising students, with Wilkes Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,836/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|