Modesto, CA (population: 203,882) has twelve fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California College of the Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 1,828. It is the 3265th highest ranked school in the USA and the 312th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fashion Merchandising students from Modesto 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.
Modesto lies in Stanislaus county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Modesto area has 156,400 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,120 average annual salary.
Of the 12 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Modesto, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale comes out as the most expensive ($32,611/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Modesto|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||53.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||56.6 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||57.4 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||58.7 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||59.8 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||63.6 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||67.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||69.3 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||72.7 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||74.9 miles|