Santa Cruz, CA (population: 57,690) has twelve advertising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of San Francisco, the highest ranked school in this group with an advertising program, has a total student population of 9,008. It is the 221st highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Advertising students from Santa Cruz schools who go on to become advertisers, advertising specialists, marketing specialists, marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 35,760 people working as advertising and promotions managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $97,670. Also, Market research analysts make on average $67,500 per year and there are about 226,410 of them employed in the US today.
Santa Cruz lies in Santa Cruz county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area has 84,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,870 average annual salary.
Of the 12 advertising schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Cruz, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California-San Francisco comes out as the most expensive ($30,077/yr) for advertising students, with Merced College as the lowest, reported at only $4,519/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Cruz|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||25.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||27.9 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||43.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||43.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||51.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||51.5 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||52.1 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||59.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||64.3 miles|