Lowell, MA (population: 104,063) has three carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Bennet Street School, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 144. It is the 1016th highest ranked school in the USA and the 46th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Carpentry students from Lowell 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 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford-NH NECTA area alone, there are 520 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $34,060. Carpenters in this area earn $52,590/yr and there are 530 employed.
Lowell lies in Middlesex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford-NH NECTA area has 115,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $26.02/hr average worker wage, and a $54,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.598 out of every 1000 jobs in Lowell are held by carpenters, and 4.521/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 3 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Lowell, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, North Bennet Street School comes out as the most expensive ($61,218/yr) for carpentry students, with Manchester Community College as the lowest, reported at only $17,487/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lowell|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||10.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||22.6 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||46.3 miles|