Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 3,240 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $27,190. Carpenters in this area earn $33,500/yr and there are 1,980 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.975 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by carpenters, and 6.486/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 10 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Raleigh, 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 Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|