Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has twenty-two gunsmithing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 6,311. It is the 3055th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Gunsmithing students from Jacksonville 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. In fact, in the Jacksonville area alone, there are 1,210 employed machinists earning an average salary of $38,920. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $33,890/yr and there are 4,570 employed.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 8 out of every 1000 jobs in Jacksonville are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 2/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 22 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mid Florida Tech comes out as the most expensive ($26,229/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|