Allentown, PA (population: 107,685) has thirteen carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Johnson College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 411. It is the 302nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Carpentry students from Allentown 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 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton-NJ area alone, there are 1,620 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $32,990. Carpenters in this area earn $45,580/yr and there are 2,080 employed.
Allentown lies in Lehigh county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton-NJ area has 330,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.60/hr average worker wage, and a $40,780 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.310 out of every 1000 jobs in Allentown are held by carpenters, and 4.901/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 13 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Allentown, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($23,472/yr) for carpentry students, with Delaware County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,825/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Allentown|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||6.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||28.9 miles|
|East Stroudsburg||PA||-||1||60.9016||70||31.8 miles|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||36.9 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||39.0 miles|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||49.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||49.9 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||54.6 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||54.7 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||55.6 miles|