Bellingham, WA (population: 82,173) has one audio school within its city limits. Western Washington University has a total student population of 14,575. It is the 143rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Audio students from Bellingham 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.
Bellingham lies in Whatcom county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Bellingham area has 76,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.5% unemployment rate, $19.17/hr average worker wage, and a $39,870 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Washington University ends up costing a student $12,228/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bellingham|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||99.1 miles|