Altoona, PA (population: 45,489) has five retail schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. York College Pennsylvania, the highest ranked school in this group with a retail program, has a total student population of 5,564. It is the 294th highest ranked school in the USA and the 26th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Retail students from Altoona schools who go on to become retail workers, retail managers, retail specialists, retail sales managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 4,209,500 people working as retail salespersons alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $24,630. Also, Sales and related employees make on average $36,020 per year and there are about 13,715,050 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Altoona area alone, there are 7,210 employed sales and related employees earning an average salary of $26,410. Retail salespersons in this area earn $22,640/yr and there are 2,860 employed.
Altoona lies in Blair county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Altoona area has 57,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $16.03/hr average worker wage, and a $33,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 49.935 out of every 1000 jobs in Altoona are held by retail salespersons, and 125.967/1000 are held by sales and related employees.
Of the 5 retail schools with a 100-mile radius of Altoona, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Commonwealth Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($26,329/yr) for retail students, with Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg as the lowest, reported at only $8,833/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Altoona|
|State College||PA||-||2||29.8064||24||34.5 miles|
|Bel Air||MD||-||2||17.834||59||68.0 miles|