Jackson, MS (population: 171,210) has three arts schools within its city limits. Millsaps College, the highest ranked school in the city with an arts program, has a total student population of 1,117. It is the 2048th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Arts students from Jackson 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.
Jackson lies in Hinds county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Jackson area has 245,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.60/hr average worker wage, and a $36,600 average annual salary.
Of the 3 arts schools in Jackson, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Belhaven College comes out as the most expensive ($19,298/yr) for arts students, with Jackson State University as the lowest, reported at only $10,375/yr.