Niagara Falls, NY (population: 50,692) has fifteen culinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rochester Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a culinary program, has a total student population of 15,445. It is the 137th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Culinary students from Niagara Falls 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.
Niagara Falls lies in Niagara 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.
Of the 15 culinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Niagara Falls, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rochester Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($25,524/yr) for culinary students, with Erie Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,003/yr.
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