Fairfield, CA (population: 104,184) has three audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 1,054. It is the 1363rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Audio students from Fairfield schools who go on to become audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,070 people working as audio and video equipment technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,450. Also, Sound engineering technicians make on average $53,940 per year and there are about 15,560 of them employed in the US today.
Fairfield lies in Solano county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Vallejo-Fairfield area has 121,990 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,380 average annual salary.
Of the 3 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Fairfield, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts comes out as the most expensive ($15,328/yr) for audio students, with American River College as the lowest, reported at only $6,669/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fairfield|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||24.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||34.1 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||37.4 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||37.8 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||40.0 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||45.0 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||45.8 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||46.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||50.0 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||61.0 miles|