Meridian, ID (population: 73,202) has one advertising school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Boise State University has a total student population of 18,933. It is the 448th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Idaho (#1 is University of Idaho).
Advertising students from Meridian 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. In fact, in the Boise City-Nampa area alone, there are 210 employed market research analysts earning an average salary of $60,680. Advertising and promotions managers in this area earn $67,650/yr and there are 100 employed.
Meridian lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Meridian are held by advertising and promotions managers, and 1/1000 are held by market research analysts.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Boise State University ends up costing a student $11,811/yr.