Blacksburg, VA (population: 42,683) has six 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 Blacksburg 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.
Blacksburg lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area has 63,480 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.66/hr average worker wage, and a $38,820 average annual salary.
Of the 6 advertising schools with a 100-mile radius of Blacksburg, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Liberty University comes out as the most expensive ($19,574/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 Blacksburg|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.8 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.7 miles|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||96.4 miles|