Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has two bookkeeping schools within its city limits. Lenoir-Rhyne University, the highest ranked school in the city with a bookkeeping program, has a total student population of 1,674. It is the 2858th highest ranked school in the USA and the 52nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Bookkeeping students from Hickory schools who go on to become bookkeepers, bookkeeping clerks, accounting managers, accounting officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,757,870 people working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,750. Also, Accountants and auditors make on average $67,430 per year and there are about 1,106,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 610 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $60,340. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $31,740/yr and there are 1,650 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 11.436 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 4.205/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 2 bookkeeping schools in Hickory, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lenoir-Rhyne University comes out as the most expensive ($14,369/yr) for bookkeeping students, with Catawba Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,186/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|