Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has thirteen allied health schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Greensboro College, the highest ranked school in this group with an allied health program, has a total student population of 1,264. It is the 580th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Allied Health students from Gastonia schools who go on to become allied health professionals, physicians, nurses, forensic nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 271,710 people working as medical and health services managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,970. Also, Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists make on average $72,310 per year and there are about 98,330 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 440 employed clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earning an average salary of $64,240. Medical and health services managers in this area earn $91,790/yr and there are 1,170 employed.
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. Thus, about 1.401 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by medical and health services managers, and 0.523/1000 are held by clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.
Of the 13 allied health schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookstone College comes out as the most expensive ($33,983/yr) for allied health students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/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|