Blacksburg, VA (population: 42,683) has seven carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 218. It is the 964th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Carpentry students from Blacksburg 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 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area alone, there are 280 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $23,200. Carpenters in this area earn $29,990/yr and there are 420 employed.
Blacksburg lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area has 63,480 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.66/hr average worker wage, and a $38,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.582 out of every 1000 jobs in Blacksburg are held by carpenters, and 4.485/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 7 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Blacksburg, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center comes out as the most expensive ($25,272/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 Blacksburg|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.8 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.7 miles|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||96.4 miles|