Rocky Mount, NC (population: 57,428) has eight dance schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with a dance program, has a total student population of 28,916. It is the 20th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Dance students from Rocky Mount schools who go on to become ballet dancers, dancers, dance professors, dance instructors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,700 people working as dancers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0. Also, Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers make on average $0 per year and there are about 23,500 of them employed in the US today.
Rocky Mount lies in Edgecombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Rocky Mount area has 58,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $16.12/hr average worker wage, and a $33,530 average annual salary.
Of the 8 dance schools with a 100-mile radius of Rocky Mount, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Elon University comes out as the most expensive ($26,867/yr) for dance students, with North Carolina Central University as the lowest, reported at only $5,700/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Rocky Mount|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||68.9 miles|
|New Bern||NC||-||1||11.0361||45||73.0 miles|