Cary, NC (population: 145,939) has three landscape design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the highest ranked school in this group with a landscape design program, has a total student population of 33,819. It is the 70th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Landscape Design students from Cary schools who go on to become landscape designers, landscape architects, landscapers, landscape supervisors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,510 people working as designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,420. Also, Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make on average $25,340 per year and there are about 859,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Durham area alone, there are 1,490 employed landscaping and groundskeeping workers earning an average salary of $22,590. Designers in this area earn $57,990/yr and there are 40 employed.
Cary lies in Chatham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.162 out of every 1000 jobs in Cary are held by designers, and 5.413/1000 are held by landscaping and groundskeeping workers.
Of the 3 landscape design schools with a 100-mile radius of Cary, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnston Community College comes out as the most expensive ($8,823/yr) for landscape design students, with Sandhills Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,212/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cary|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||17.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||56.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||68.7 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.9 miles|