Danbury, CT (population: 80,411) has six catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of New York City, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 1,329. It is the 3508th highest ranked school in the USA and the 247th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Catering students from Danbury schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 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 6 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Danbury, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of New York City comes out as the most expensive ($33,682/yr) for catering students, with Raritan Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,843/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|