Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has three jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of the Albemarle, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 2,796. It is the 4791st highest ranked school in the USA and the 91st highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Jewelry students from Virginia Beach 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.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary.
Of the 3 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, John Tyler Community College comes out as the most expensive ($4,710/yr) for jewelry students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|