Lakeland, FL (population: 95,327) has two audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Central Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 53,401. It is the 71st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Audio students from Lakeland 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.
Lakeland lies in Polk county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Lakeland-Winter Haven area has 194,780 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,010 average annual salary.
Of the 2 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Lakeland, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Central Florida comes out as the most expensive ($12,200/yr) for audio students, with University of South Florida as the lowest, reported at only $11,421/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lakeland|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||27.5 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||45.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||47.5 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||48.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||54.1 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||63.2 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||69.9 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||73.2 miles|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||92.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||96.9 miles|
|Cape Coral||FL||161,428||1||26.0313||32||96.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||97.1 miles|