Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has eleven hospitality schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a hospitality program, has a total student population of 16,968. It is the 130th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state . To learn more about hospitality programs in Hickory, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of hospitality professors at Appalachian State University such as Constance Bracewell, Catie Cain, Mitchell Carr, Mike Evans, Dustin Glascoe, and Kyle Gravinese.
Hospitality students from Hickory schools who go on to become hospitality managers, caterers, event planners, wedding planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 334,310 people working as hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $19,190. Also, Food preparation and serving related employees make on average $20,880 per year and there are about 11,218,260 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 11,720 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $18,470. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in this area earn $16,760/yr and there are 310 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.146 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop, and 81.317/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 11 hospitality schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte comes out as the most expensive ($22,899/yr) for hospitality students, with Virginia Highlands Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,678/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|