Suffolk, VA (population: 84,501) has eleven fitness schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of William and Mary, the highest ranked school in this group with a fitness program, has a total student population of 7,874. It is the 39th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Fitness students from Suffolk schools who go on to become fitness professionals, sports trainers, fitness trainers, fitness instructors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 228,170 people working as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,340. Also, Recreation and fitness studies teachers make on average $60,580 per year and there are about 16,850 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 120 employed recreation and fitness studies teachers earning an average salary of $52,560. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in this area earn $26,320/yr and there are 1,140 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 1.555 out of every 1000 jobs in Suffolk are held by fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, and 0.162/1000 are held by recreation and fitness studies teachers.
Of the 11 fitness 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, Virginia Wesleyan College comes out as the most expensive ($23,554/yr) for fitness students, with East Carolina University as the lowest, reported at only $7,646/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|