Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has two fashion schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mars Hill College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion program, has a total student population of 1,237. It is the 3978th highest ranked school in the USA and the 73rd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Fashion students from Hickory schools who go on to become fashion professionals, fashion merchandisers, marketers, fashion models, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,780 people working as fashion designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,410. Also, Merchandise displayers and window trimmers make on average $28,480 per year and there are about 61,280 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 40 employed merchandise displayers and window trimmers earning an average salary of $21,390. Fashion designers in this area earn $54,970/yr and there are 40 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.273 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by fashion designers, and 0.255/1000 are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers.
Of the 2 fashion schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte comes out as the most expensive ($22,899/yr) for fashion students, with Mars Hill College as the lowest, reported at only $16,366/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|