Grand Rapids, MI (population: 193,337) has five arts schools within its city limits. Cornerstone University, the highest ranked school in the city with an arts program, has a total student population of 2,606. It is the 400th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Michigan (#1 is Kalamazoo College).
Arts students from Grand Rapids 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.
Grand Rapids lies in Kent county, which is one of the 62 counties in Michigan. Overall, the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area has 364,520 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.57/hr average worker wage, and a $40,710 average annual salary.
Of the 5 arts schools in Grand Rapids, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Calvin College comes out as the most expensive ($23,575/yr) for arts students, with Grand Rapids Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,273/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Grand Rapids|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||50.6 miles|
|East Lansing||MI||45,575||2||19.4594||4||61.7 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||76.9 miles|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||91.8 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||93.9 miles|
|University Center||MI||-||2||19.8891||261||94.1 miles|