Martinsville, VA has ten furniture design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a furniture design program, has a total student population of 30,870. It is the 61st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Furniture Design students from Martinsville schools who go on to become furniture makers, craftsmen, furniture designers, furniture upholsterers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,170 people working as commercial and industrial designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $61,400. Also, Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers make on average $29,010 per year and there are about 14,220 of them employed in the US today.
Martinsville lies in Martinsville county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 135,950 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $15.84/hr average worker wage, and a $32,950 average annual salary.
Of the 10 furniture design schools with a 100-mile radius of Martinsville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham comes out as the most expensive ($28,276/yr) for furniture design students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Martinsville|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||45.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||49.7 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||70.2 miles|