Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has five photography schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a photography 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 .
Photography students from Gastonia schools who go on to become photogrammetric compilation specialists, photographers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 57,760 people working as photographers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary.
Of the 5 photography schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Coker College comes out as the most expensive ($11,515/yr) for photography students, with Catawba Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,186/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|