Imperial, CA has six 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 Imperial 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.
Imperial lies in Imperial county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the El Centro area has 50,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,250 average annual salary.
Of the 6 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Imperial, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($29,734/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Palomar College as the lowest, reported at only $7,145/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Imperial|
|El Centro||CA||41,304||1||33.1701||10||4.0 miles|
|Fortuna Foothills||AZ||43,996||0||-||0||68.7 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||77.0 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||85.3 miles|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||86.9 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||91.3 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||95.1 miles|
|Joshua Tree||CA||-||1||9.13844||48||98.8 miles|