Reno, NV (population: 221,051) has eleven gunsmithing schools within a 500-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 Reno 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 Reno-Sparks area alone, there are 200 employed machinists earning an average salary of $43,410. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $35,600/yr and there are 2,250 employed.
Reno lies in Washoe county, which is one of the 8 counties in Nevada. Overall, the Reno-Sparks area has 199,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.92/hr average worker wage, and a $41,440 average annual salary. Thus, about 11.264 out of every 1000 jobs in Reno are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 1.002/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 11 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Reno, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College comes out as the most expensive ($12,888/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Bakersfield College as the lowest, reported at only $3,187/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Reno|
|Carson City||NV||54,870||1||8.29894||62||27.3 miles|
|South Lake Tahoe||CA||-||1||18.5751||60||42.9 miles|