Wilmington, NC (population: 102,120) has fifty-one wedding planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Arcadia University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wedding planning program, has a total student population of 3,953. It is the 324th highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Wedding Planning students from Wilmington schools who go on to become wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, Travel agents make on average $32,450 per year and there are about 76,990 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Wilmington area alone, there are 30 employed travel agents earning an average salary of $33,430. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $37,010/yr and there are 40 employed.
Wilmington lies in New Hanover county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Wilmington area has 139,780 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $17.58/hr average worker wage, and a $36,570 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.311 out of every 1000 jobs in Wilmington are held by meeting and convention planners, and 0.227/1000 are held by travel agents.
Of the 51 wedding planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Wilmington, only 15 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Charleston comes out as the most expensive ($45,006/yr) for wedding planning students, with Nash Community College as the lowest, reported at only $481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wilmington|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||66.6 miles|
|Morehead City||NC||-||1||9.34196||42||76.3 miles|
|New Bern||NC||-||1||11.0361||45||79.3 miles|