Santa Fe, NM (population: 74,019) has five event planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 30,049. It is the 150th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Event Planning students from Santa Fe 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.
Santa Fe lies in Santa Fe county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Santa Fe area has 63,510 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $20.20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,010 average annual salary.
Of the 5 event planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Santa Fe, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Metropolitan State College of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($11,829/yr) for event planning students, with Arizona State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,603/yr.