Ontario, CA (population: 174,731) has twenty-five fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Otis College of Art and Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 1,221. It is the 436th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fashion Merchandising students from Ontario 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.
Ontario lies in San Bernardino 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 Ontario are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 25 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Ontario, only 14 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 Mt San Antonio College as the lowest, reported at only $2,897/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ontario|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||5.4 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||9.7 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||9.7 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||12.0 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||14.4 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||17.2 miles|
|San Bernardino||CA||199,314||10||20.0516||225||19.4 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||20.9 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||27.4 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||30.5 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||30.6 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||31.1 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||31.4 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||32.1 miles|