Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has seven gunsmithing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Meridian Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 576. It is the 2274th highest ranked school in the USA and the 51st highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Gunsmithing students from Houston 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 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 13,550 employed machinists earning an average salary of $37,070. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $32,660/yr and there are 24,350 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 9.499 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 5.287/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 7 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Houston, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meridian Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($15,852/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 Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|