Durham, NC (population: 235,337) has ten carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Central Carolina Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 5,381. It is the 5110th highest ranked school in the USA and the 106th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Carpentry students from Durham 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.
Durham lies in Durham 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 Durham are held by carpenters, and 4.079/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 10 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Durham, 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 Durham|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||8.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||61.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||61.6 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||75.1 miles|