Visalia, CA (population: 127,444) has three culinary schools within its city limits. Estes Institute of Cosmetology Arts and Science, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 54. It is the 1807th highest ranked school in the USA and the 161st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Culinary students from Visalia schools who go on to become culinary artists, bakers, chefs, cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 140,510 people working as bakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,350. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Visalia lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary.
Of the 3 culinary schools in Visalia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Milan Institute of Cosmetology comes out as the most expensive ($24,915/yr) for culinary students, with College of the Sequoias as the lowest, reported at only $3,978/yr.
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