Hilo, HI (population: 45,456) has two cosmetology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Hawaii Institute of Hair Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a cosmetology program, has a total student population of 89. It is the 1913th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Hawaii (#1 is University of Hawaii at Manoa).
Cosmetology students from Hilo schools who go on to become cosmetologists, hair stylists, barbers, skin care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 349,210 people working as hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $27,070. Also, Manicurists and pedicurists make on average $22,150 per year and there are about 53,020 of them employed in the US today.
Hilo lies in Hawaii county, which is one of the 4 counties in Hawaii. Overall, the Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area has 157,120 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.24/hr average worker wage, and a $40,030 average annual salary.
Of the 2 cosmetology schools with a 500-mile radius of Hilo, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hawaii Institute of Hair Design comes out as the most expensive ($16,890/yr) for cosmetology students, with Honolulu Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,399/yr.
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