Santa Maria, CA (population: 88,641) has two fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ventura College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 14,395. It is the 4066th highest ranked school in the USA and the 372nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fashion Merchandising students from Santa Maria 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.
Santa Maria lies in Santa Barbara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area has 170,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary.
Of the 2 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Maria, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Cuesta College comes out as the most expensive ($10,234/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Ventura College as the lowest, reported at only $5,876/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Maria|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||26.0 miles|
|Santa Barbara||CA||86,382||6||24.3128||166||54.1 miles|