Coachella, CA (population: 42,148) has nine fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Point Loma Nazarene University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 3,487. It is the 1451st highest ranked school in the USA and the 123rd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fashion Merchandising students from Coachella 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area alone, there are 140 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $54,150. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $26,900/yr and there are 740 employed.
Coachella lies in Riverside county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area has 1,197,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Coachella are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 9 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Coachella, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire comes out as the most expensive ($39,200/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Chaffey College as the lowest, reported at only $6,098/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Coachella|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||13.7 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||20.6 miles|
|Joshua Tree||CA||-||1||9.13844||48||32.8 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||67.4 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||69.7 miles|
|El Centro||CA||41,304||1||33.1701||10||70.4 miles|
|San Bernardino||CA||199,314||10||20.0516||225||72.8 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||83.1 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||86.5 miles|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||87.0 miles|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||89.1 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||89.9 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||91.3 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||94.1 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||94.3 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||94.6 miles|