Blacksburg, VA (population: 42,683) has fifteen cosmetology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Carver Career Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a cosmetology program, has a total student population of 267. It is the 918th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Cosmetology students from Blacksburg 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.
Blacksburg lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area has 63,480 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.66/hr average worker wage, and a $38,820 average annual salary.
Of the 15 cosmetology schools with a 100-mile radius of Blacksburg, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Staunton School of Cosmetology comes out as the most expensive ($18,792/yr) for cosmetology students, with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $1,483/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Blacksburg|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.8 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.7 miles|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||96.4 miles|