Long Beach, CA (population: 464,505) has ten audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 28,418. It is the 22nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Audio students from Long Beach 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.
Of the 10 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Long Beach, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Redlands comes out as the most expensive ($27,286/yr) for audio students, with Grossmont College as the lowest, reported at only $3,021/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Long Beach|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||11.5 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||11.7 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||13.3 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||16.6 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||16.6 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||18.2 miles|
|Newport Beach||CA||80,777||1||0.80626||0||20.8 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||21.0 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||23.0 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||23.4 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||24.3 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||24.8 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||26.4 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||26.6 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||27.7 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||29.1 miles|