Kannapolis, NC (population: 44,672) has twenty-seven automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 7,330. It is the 3957th highest ranked school in the USA and the 72nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Automotive students from Kannapolis schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 160 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $31,650. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $45,890/yr and there are 4,410 employed.
Kannapolis lies in Cabarrus 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 5.264 out of every 1000 jobs in Kannapolis are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.188/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 27 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Kannapolis, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, NASCAR Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($59,940/yr) for automotive students, with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as the lowest, reported at only $76/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kannapolis|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||44.5 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||47.2 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||48.6 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||84.2 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||93.8 miles|