Lexington, KY (population: 279,146) has twelve event planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Event Planning students from Lexington schools who go on to become event planners, wedding planners, event managers, production planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, General and operations managers make on average $110,550 per year and there are about 1,689,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Lexington-Fayette area alone, there are 3,230 employed general and operations managers earning an average salary of $88,030. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $34,920/yr and there are 110 employed.
Lexington lies in Fayette county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Lexington-Fayette area has 241,910 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.95/hr average worker wage, and a $39,410 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.441 out of every 1000 jobs in Lexington are held by meeting and convention planners, and 13.347/1000 are held by general and operations managers.
Of the 12 event planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Lexington, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Louis University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($31,255/yr) for event planning students, with Washtenaw Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,422/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lexington|
|Saint Catharine||KY||-||1||13.7868||38||49.2 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||68.6 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||76.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||86.8 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||96.2 miles|