Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has two gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tidewater Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 30,447. It is the 5121st highest ranked school in the USA and the 105th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Gunsmithing students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 2,060 employed machinists earning an average salary of $43,910. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $34,520/yr and there are 8,030 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 10.924 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 2.798/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 2 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, John Tyler Community College comes out as the most expensive ($4,710/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|