Bridgeport, CT (population: 136,604) has two carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ocean County Vocational-Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 434. It is the 1071st highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of New Jersey (#1 is Rutgers University-New Brunswick).
Carpentry students from Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area alone, there are 1,600 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $45,200. Carpenters in this area earn $50,880/yr and there are 1,620 employed.
Bridgeport lies in Fairfield county, which is one of the 8 counties in Connecticut. Overall, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area has 418,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $28/hr average worker wage, and a $57,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 4 out of every 1000 jobs in Bridgeport are held by carpenters, and 4/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 2 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Bridgeport, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Adult & Continuing Education-BCTS comes out as the most expensive ($17,670/yr) for carpentry students, with Ocean County Vocational-Technical School as the lowest, reported at only $14,064/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bridgeport|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||16.8 miles|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||22.5 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||31.5 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||35.6 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||38.1 miles|
|Garden City||NY||-||5||29.9653||250||39.3 miles|