Buffalo, NY (population: 267,037) has one CAD school within its city limits. Erie Community College has a total student population of 14,823. It is the 5079th highest ranked school in the USA and the 349th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
CAD students from Buffalo 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. In fact, in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area alone, there are 220 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $44,360. Drafters in this area earn $44,220/yr and there are 100 employed.
Buffalo lies in Erie county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.192 out of every 1000 jobs in Buffalo are held by drafters, and 0.420/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Erie Community College ends up costing a student $3,003/yr.