Grand Forks, ND (population: 52,135) has two hospitality schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Minnesota-Crookston, the highest ranked school in this group with a hospitality program, has a total student population of 2,279. It is the 551st highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Minnesota (#1 is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).
Hospitality students from Grand Forks 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 Grand Forks-MN area alone, there are 5,240 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $19,860. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in this area earn $16,690/yr and there are 110 employed.
Grand Forks lies in Grand Forks county, which is one of the 32 counties in North Dakota. Overall, the Grand Forks-MN area has 48,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $17.05/hr average worker wage, and a $35,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.271 out of every 1000 jobs in Grand Forks are held by hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop, and 108.942/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 2 hospitality schools with a 100-mile radius of Grand Forks, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, North Dakota State University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,847/yr) for hospitality students, with University of Minnesota-Crookston as the lowest, reported at only $10,842/yr.