Oakland, CA (population: 412,612) has six arts schools within its city limits. Mills College, the highest ranked school in the city with an arts program, has a total student population of 1,501. It is the 303rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 23rd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Arts students from Oakland schools who go on to become artists, graphic designers, journalists, musicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today.
Oakland lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary.
Of the 6 arts schools in Oakland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, California College of the Arts comes out as the most expensive ($30,933/yr) for arts students, with Laney College as the lowest, reported at only $7,253/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oakland|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||5.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||9.7 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||12.6 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||15.3 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||16.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||30.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||38.3 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||56.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||65.7 miles|