Danbury, CT (population: 80,411) has twenty CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Island Drafting and Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 138. It is the 1172nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 106th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
CAD students from Danbury schools who go on to become drafters, architects, computer aided designers, project architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,290 people working as drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,210. Also, Architectural and civil drafters make on average $47,710 per year and there are about 105,320 of them employed in the US today.
Danbury lies in Fairfield county, which is one of the 8 counties in Connecticut. Overall, the Danbury area has 68,420 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary.
Of the 20 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Danbury, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Anthem Institute-Parsippany comes out as the most expensive ($36,300/yr) for CAD students, with Institute of Design and Construction as the lowest, reported at only $1,522/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Danbury|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||25.2 miles|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||29.2 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||30.3 miles|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||31.7 miles|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||35.3 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||36.9 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||38.7 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||40.0 miles|