Roanoke, VA (population: 93,951) has six 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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke area alone, there are 12,750 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $19,880. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop in this area earn $18,830/yr and there are 370 employed.
Roanoke lies in Roanoke county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Roanoke area has 153,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $17.71/hr average worker wage, and a $36,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.400 out of every 1000 jobs in Roanoke are held by hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop, and 83.299/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 6 hospitality schools with a 100-mile radius of Roanoke, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University comes out as the most expensive ($14,429/yr) for hospitality students, with Dabney S Lancaster Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,009/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Roanoke|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.9 miles|