Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has five construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wytheville Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 3,783. It is the 4625th highest ranked school in the USA and the 93rd highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Construction students from Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 120 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $28,600. Construction managers in this area earn $96,130/yr and there are 190 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 1.328 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by construction managers, and 0.842/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 5 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, 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 Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/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|