Lafayette, LA (population: 113,767) has ten 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette area alone, there are 1,170 employed machinists earning an average salary of $38,030. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $33,280/yr and there are 3,010 employed.
Lafayette lies in Lafayette county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Lafayette area has 146,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.45/hr average worker wage, and a $36,300 average annual salary. Thus, about 20.604 out of every 1000 jobs in Lafayette are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 8.029/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 10 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Lafayette, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($12,952/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Mississippi Delta Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,325/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lafayette|
|Baton Rouge||LA||221,091||22||23.4771||270||56.0 miles|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||61.1 miles|
|Lake Charles||LA||71,903||5||21.6002||139||69.9 miles|