Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has nine interior design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an interior design 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 interior design programs in Asheville, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of interior design professors at Appalachian State University such as Stefan Bruce, George Kosinski, Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, Carole Miller, Margot Olsen, and Pete Paglen.
Interior Design students from Asheville schools who go on to become interior design consultants, interior designers, interior decorators, interior architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,010 people working as interior designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $51,990.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary.
Of the 9 interior design schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Charlotte comes out as the most expensive ($31,116/yr) for interior design students, with Western Piedmont Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,437/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|