Surprise, AZ (population: 104,876) has four fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mesa Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 25,960. It is the 5122nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 77th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Surprise schools who go on to become fashion merchandisers, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 61,280 people working as merchandise displayers and window trimmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,480. Also, Commercial and industrial designers make on average $61,400 per year and there are about 29,170 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 350 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $55,610. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $29,060/yr and there are 1,060 employed.
Surprise lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Surprise are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 4 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Surprise, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mesa Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,090/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Surprise|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||66.3 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.0 miles|