Fairfield, CA (population: 104,184) has six carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Sierra College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 20,688. It is the 4192nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 389th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Carpentry students from Fairfield schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Vallejo-Fairfield area alone, there are 1,130 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $36,720. Carpenters in this area earn $*/yr and there are 1,710 employed.
Fairfield lies in Solano county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Vallejo-Fairfield area has 121,990 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 14 out of every 1000 jobs in Fairfield are held by carpenters, and 9/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 6 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Fairfield, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gavilan College comes out as the most expensive ($7,829/yr) for carpentry students, with American River College as the lowest, reported at only $6,669/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fairfield|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||24.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||34.1 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||37.4 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||37.8 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||40.0 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||45.0 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||45.8 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||46.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||50.0 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||61.0 miles|