Suffolk, VA (population: 84,501) has fifteen early childhood education schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Edgecombe Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an early childhood education program, has a total student population of 3,249. It is the 4011th highest ranked school in the USA and the 74th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Early Childhood Education students from Suffolk schools who go on to become early childhood educators, preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, early childhood teachers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,140 people working as education administrators, preschool and child care center/program alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,170. Also, Elementary school teachers make on average $53,150 per year and there are about 1,544,300 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 7,930 employed elementary school teachers earning an average salary of $54,380. Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program in this area earn $41,180/yr and there are 320 employed.
Suffolk lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.431 out of every 1000 jobs in Suffolk are held by education administrators, preschool and child care center/program, and 10.785/1000 are held by elementary school teachers.
Of the 15 early childhood education schools with a 100-mile radius of Suffolk, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Beaufort County Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,320/yr) for early childhood education students, with Nash Community College as the lowest, reported at only $481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Suffolk|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||27.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||33.4 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||69.7 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||82.9 miles|