Roanoke, VA (population: 93,951) 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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke area alone, there are 1,060 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $23,670. Carpenters in this area earn $35,860/yr and there are 950 employed.
Roanoke lies in Roanoke county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Roanoke area has 153,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $17.71/hr average worker wage, and a $36,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.207 out of every 1000 jobs in Roanoke are held by carpenters, and 6.923/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 7 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Roanoke, 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 Roanoke|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.9 miles|