Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has fourteen dental hygienist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Tennessee State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental hygienist program, has a total student population of 14,421. It is the 2368th highest ranked school in the USA and the 61st highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Dental Hygienist students from Gastonia 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.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary.
Of the 14 dental hygienist schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, only 5 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 Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|