Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has three construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wilkes Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 2,855. It is the 4824th highest ranked school in the USA and the 93rd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Construction students from Gastonia 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 1,350 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $32,280. Construction managers in this area earn $86,420/yr and there are 2,130 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 2.542 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by construction managers, and 1.608/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 3 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, York Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($7,100/yr) for construction students, with Wilkes Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,836/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|