Banner Elk, NC has fifteen dental hygienist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mercer County Technical Education Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental hygienist program, has a total student population of 174. It is the 2337th highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Dental Hygienist students from Banner Elk schools who go on to become dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental professionals, dental hygienistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 173,900 people working as dental hygienists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,860. Also, Dentists specialists make on average $153,570 per year and there are about 5,010 of them employed in the US today.
Banner Elk lies in Avery county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary.
Of the 15 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Banner Elk, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, East Tennessee State University comes out as the most expensive ($11,426/yr) for dental hygienist students, with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as the lowest, reported at only $76/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Banner Elk|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||91.0 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||97.0 miles|