Akron, OH (population: 205,375) has thirty-seven HVAC schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Auburn Career Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a HVAC program, has a total student population of 298. It is the 923rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
HVAC students from Akron schools who go on to become hvac specialists, plumbers, hvac sheet metal installers, air conditioning technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Mechanical engineering technicians make on average $50,700 per year and there are about 43,580 of them employed in the US today.
Akron lies in Summit county, which is one of the 36 counties in Ohio. Overall, the Akron area has 321,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $19.37/hr average worker wage, and a $40,300 average annual salary.
Of the 37 HVAC schools with a 100-mile radius of Akron, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($22,137/yr) for HVAC students, with Polaris Career Center as the lowest, reported at only $3,806/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Akron|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||6.2 miles|
|North Canton||OH||-||2||20.0373||113||15.4 miles|
|Warrensville Heights||OH||-||1||16.9884||13||24.8 miles|
|Cleveland Heights||OH||44,848||1||34.6777||3||29.8 miles|
|North Olmsted||OH||-||1||26.1035||13||31.3 miles|
|Highland Heights||OH||-||2||31.299||116||32.7 miles|
|New Philadelphia||OH||-||2||20.6614||41||41.0 miles|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||61.9 miles|
|Saint Clairsville||OH||-||2||11.9339||47||76.6 miles|