Walnut Creek, CA (population: 64,055) has thirteen 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 Walnut Creek 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 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area alone, there are 170 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $74,060. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $32,810/yr and there are 590 employed.
Walnut Creek lies in Contra Costa county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Walnut Creek are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 13 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Walnut Creek, only 6 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 Walnut Creek|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||13.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||14.5 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||20.8 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||24.1 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||26.6 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||27.8 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||36.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||42.8 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||52.8 miles|