Sioux Falls, SD (population: 160,938) has twelve gunsmithing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Lake Career and Technical Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 5. It is the 945th highest ranked school in the USA and the 28th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Gunsmithing students from Sioux Falls 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 Sioux Falls area alone, there are 120 employed machinists earning an average salary of $33,000. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $29,890/yr and there are 650 employed.
Sioux Falls lies in Minnehaha county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Sioux Falls area has 134,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $17.23/hr average worker wage, and a $35,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.873 out of every 1000 jobs in Sioux Falls are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 0.872/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 12 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Sioux Falls, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Dunwoody College of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($23,022/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Lake Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $1,244/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Sioux Falls|
|Orange City||IA||-||1||27.8622||68||50.0 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||74.0 miles|
|Storm Lake||IA||-||2||49.0567||85||99.0 miles|