High Point, NC (population: 105,064) has eleven hospitality schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a hospitality program, has a total student population of 30,870. It is the 61st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Hospitality students from High Point 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 Greensboro-High Point area alone, there are 28,910 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $19,040. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in this area earn $16,950/yr and there are 630 employed.
High Point lies in Guilford county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Greensboro-High Point area has 349,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $18.78/hr average worker wage, and a $39,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.796 out of every 1000 jobs in High Point are held by hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop, and 82.806/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 11 hospitality schools with a 100-mile radius of High Point, only 7 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 North Carolina Central University as the lowest, reported at only $5,700/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from High Point|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||16.0 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||53.9 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||92.4 miles|