Santa Cruz, CA (population: 57,690) has two 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 Santa Cruz 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.
Santa Cruz lies in Santa Cruz county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area has 84,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,870 average annual salary.
Of the 2 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Cruz, only 1 has 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 San Joaquin Delta College as the lowest, reported at only $6,677/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Cruz|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||25.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||27.9 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||43.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||43.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||51.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||51.5 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||52.1 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||59.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||64.3 miles|