Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has three gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Foothill College, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 18,293. It is the 3760th highest ranked school in the USA and the 354th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Gunsmithing students from Merced schools who go on to become gunsmithers, gunsmiths, research and development machinists, machinists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,268,930 people working as maintenance and repair workers, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,520. Also, Machinists make on average $38,940 per year and there are about 380,720 of them employed in the US today.
Merced lies in Merced county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Merced area has 59,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary.
Of the 3 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Chabot College comes out as the most expensive ($7,605/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Modesto Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $6,882/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merced|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||75.4 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||82.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||87.1 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||89.0 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||91.2 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||95.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||95.9 miles|