Alexandria, VA (population: 147,786) has three construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of the District of Columbia, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 4,960. It is the 5573rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Construction students from Alexandria 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,070 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $36,970. Construction managers in this area earn $101,740/yr and there are 3,930 employed.
Alexandria lies in Alexandria county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Alexandria are held by construction managers, and 1/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 3 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Alexandria, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Arlington Ballston comes out as the most expensive ($21,688/yr) for construction students, with University of the District of Columbia as the lowest, reported at only $7,881/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alexandria|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||6.1 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||10.4 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||11.8 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||15.3 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||18.7 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||25.5 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||34.1 miles|