Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has four gerontology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 21,306. It is the 275th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Gerontology students from Raleigh schools who go on to become gerontologists, physicians, clinical dietitians, medical staff physicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,308,380 people working as life, physical, and social science employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,660. Also, Rehabilitation counselors make on average $34,710 per year and there are about 112,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 480 employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $32,790. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $58,380/yr and there are 8,990 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 18.001 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and 0.953/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
Of the 4 gerontology schools with a 100-mile radius of Raleigh, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Averett University comes out as the most expensive ($20,544/yr) for gerontology students, with University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the lowest, reported at only $6,012/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|