Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has thirteen beauty schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc, the highest ranked school in this group with a beauty program, has a total student population of 69. It is the 901st highest ranked school in the USA and the 33rd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Beauty students from Asheville schools who go on to become aestheticians, hair stylists, hairdressers, hairstylists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,210 people working as skin care specialists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $31,990. Also, Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists make on average $27,070 per year and there are about 349,210 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Asheville area alone, there are 370 employed hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists earning an average salary of $20,790. Skin care specialists in this area earn $35,360/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 0.254 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by skin care specialists, and 2.184/1000 are held by hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.
Of the 13 beauty schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science comes out as the most expensive ($27,820/yr) for beauty students, with Isothermal Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,043/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|