Chapel Hill, NC (population: 53,800) has three construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wake Technical Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 15,203. It is the 5106th highest ranked school in the USA and the 105th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Construction students from Chapel Hill schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Durham area alone, there are 410 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $28,040. Construction managers in this area earn $104,410/yr and there are 370 employed.
Chapel Hill lies in Orange county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.359 out of every 1000 jobs in Chapel Hill are held by construction managers, and 1.474/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 3 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Chapel Hill, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wake Technical Community College comes out as the most expensive ($12,759/yr) for construction students, with Vance-Granville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,682/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chapel Hill|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||53.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||68.4 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||68.9 miles|