South Bend, IN (population: 103,173) has three gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kellogg Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 5,976. It is the 5220th highest ranked school in the USA and the 120th highest in the state of Michigan (#1 is Kalamazoo College).
Gunsmithing students from South Bend 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 South Bend-Mishawaka-MI area alone, there are 710 employed machinists earning an average salary of $39,140. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $35,150/yr and there are 1,340 employed.
South Bend lies in St. Joseph county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the South Bend-Mishawaka-MI area has 128,750 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4.8% unemployment rate, $18.07/hr average worker wage, and a $37,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.439 out of every 1000 jobs in South Bend are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 5.537/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 3 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of South Bend, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo comes out as the most expensive ($12,383/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Kellogg Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,537/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from South Bend|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||2.2 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||32.3 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||53.7 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||65.3 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||68.5 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||69.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||71.7 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||72.3 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||72.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||75.0 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||76.4 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||78.9 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||79.5 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||79.7 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||81.0 miles|