Simi Valley, CA (population: 121,990) 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 Simi Valley 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 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura area alone, there are 110 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $72,010. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $26,810/yr and there are 160 employed.
Simi Valley lies in Ventura county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura area has 292,690 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,690 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Simi Valley are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 19 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Simi Valley, 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 Simi Valley|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||10.4 miles|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||17.2 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||18.2 miles|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||19.5 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||22.0 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||22.8 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||26.1 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||36.8 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||41.2 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||46.9 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||48.1 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||50.2 miles|