Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has five creative writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 221. It is the 525th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus). To learn more about creative writing programs in Albuquerque, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of creative writing professors at Santa Fe University of Art and Design such as Greg Glazner, Ryan Leone, and Ann Peters.
Creative Writing students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 270 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $69,740. Writers and authors in this area earn $44,160/yr and there are 60 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.145 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by writers and authors, and 0.707/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 5 creative writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Fe University of Art and Design comes out as the most expensive ($27,381/yr) for creative writing students, with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as the lowest, reported at only $7,906/yr.