Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has two gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 887. It is the 1637th highest ranked school in the USA and the 150th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Gunsmithing students from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,860 employed machinists earning an average salary of $42,870. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $38,810/yr and there are 18,360 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.016 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 2.108/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 2 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($23,472/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the lowest, reported at only $6,155/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|