Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has two audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 21,306. It is the 275th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Audio students from Charlotte schools who go on to become audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,070 people working as audio and video equipment technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,450. Also, Sound engineering technicians make on average $53,940 per year and there are about 15,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 80 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $46,910. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $42,250/yr and there are 120 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg 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 0.142 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0.098/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 2 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of South Carolina-Columbia comes out as the most expensive ($14,611/yr) for audio students, with University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the lowest, reported at only $6,012/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|