Chapel Hill, NC (population: 53,800) has eleven carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Surry Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 3,599. It is the 5006th highest ranked school in the USA and the 102nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Carpentry students from Chapel Hill 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 Durham area alone, there are 1,120 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $22,550. Carpenters in this area earn $33,430/yr and there are 820 employed.
Chapel Hill lies in Orange county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.972 out of every 1000 jobs in Chapel Hill are held by carpenters, and 4.079/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 11 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Chapel Hill, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fayetteville Technical Community College comes out as the most expensive ($13,508/yr) for carpentry students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chapel Hill|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||53.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||68.4 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||68.9 miles|