Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has eleven music schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of William and Mary, the highest ranked school in this group with a music program, has a total student population of 7,874. It is the 39th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Music students from Virginia Beach schools who go on to become musicians, producers, vocalists, guitarists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 47,260 people working as musicians and singers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0.
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 11 music schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Wesleyan College comes out as the most expensive ($23,554/yr) for music students, with Elizabeth City State University as the lowest, reported at only $3,335/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|