Chapel Hill, NC (population: 53,800) has five gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Danville Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 4,387. It is the 4650th highest ranked school in the USA and the 94th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Gunsmithing students from Chapel Hill 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 Durham area alone, there are 330 employed machinists earning an average salary of $*. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $37,570/yr and there are 2,770 employed.
Chapel Hill lies in Orange county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.054 out of every 1000 jobs in Chapel Hill are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 1.183/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 5 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of Chapel Hill, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Patrick Henry Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,363/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Montgomery Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,315/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chapel Hill|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||53.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||68.4 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||68.9 miles|