Palmdale, CA (population: 150,264) has nineteen 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 Palmdale 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.
Of the 19 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Palmdale, only 12 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 Palmdale|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||25.3 miles|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||27.6 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||32.8 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||39.1 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||39.7 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||40.1 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||40.4 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||42.4 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||42.7 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||44.3 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||44.8 miles|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||45.1 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||45.1 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||47.4 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||48.3 miles|