Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has twenty-four child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 16,968. It is the 130th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Child Development students from Gastonia schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 4,290 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $22,810. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $43,700/yr and there are 2,040 employed.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.437 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 5.124/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 24 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lenoir-Rhyne University comes out as the most expensive ($14,369/yr) for child development students, with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as the lowest, reported at only $76/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|