Albany, NY (population: 92,804) has eleven writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hampshire College, the highest ranked school in this group with a writing program, has a total student population of 1,463. It is the 190th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University). To learn more about writing programs in Albany, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of writing professors at Hampshire College such as Nathalie Arnold, Lynne Hanley, Ben James, Paul Jenkins, Michael Lesy, and Will Ryan.
Writing students from Albany schools who go on to become writers, reporters, journalists, technical writers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Gaming and sports book writers and runners make on average $23,460 per year and there are about 14,790 of them employed in the US today.
Albany lies in Albany county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area has 434,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $21.78/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary.
Of the 11 writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Albany, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Hartford comes out as the most expensive ($31,547/yr) for writing students, with Western Connecticut State University as the lowest, reported at only $14,280/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Albany|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||61.0 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||65.5 miles|
|East Windsor||CT||-||1||6.26683||12||82.2 miles|
|East Hartford||CT||51,288||4||22.8181||50||87.3 miles|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||88.8 miles|