Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has one child development school within its city limits. Lenoir-Rhyne University has a total student population of 1,674. It is the 2858th highest ranked school in the USA and the 52nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Child Development students from Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 340 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $23,120. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $42,840/yr and there are 310 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.169 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 2.368/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lenoir-Rhyne University ends up costing a student $14,369/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|