High Point, NC (population: 105,064) has five jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wytheville Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 3,783. It is the 4625th highest ranked school in the USA and the 93rd highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Jewelry students from High Point schools who go on to become jewelers, jewelry designers, jewelry makers, jewelry repairers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 23,410 people working as jewelers and precious stone and metal workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,620. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today.
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.
Of the 5 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of High Point, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Patrick Henry Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,363/yr) for jewelry students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/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|