Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has four creative writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Maryville College, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 1,102. It is the 416th highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Creative Writing students from Knoxville schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Knoxville area alone, there are 90 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $63,720. Writers and authors in this area earn $48,530/yr and there are 150 employed.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.478 out of every 1000 jobs in Knoxville are held by writers and authors, and 0.286/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 4 creative writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Knoxville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Warren Wilson College comes out as the most expensive ($24,057/yr) for creative writing students, with Lee University as the lowest, reported at only $11,481/yr.
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