Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has seven carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Grand River Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 102. It is the 750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Carpentry students from Kansas City 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 6,330 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $40,030. Carpenters in this area earn $47,750/yr and there are 5,560 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.630 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by carpenters, and 6.402/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 7 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Kansas City, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saline County Career Center comes out as the most expensive ($17,820/yr) for carpentry students, with Grand River Technical School as the lowest, reported at only $5,563/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|