Meridian, ID (population: 73,202) has sixteen fashion merchandising schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Central Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 11,357. It is the 1601st highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus). To learn more about fashion merchandising programs in Meridian, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fashion merchandising professors at Central Washington University such as Andrea Eklund.
Fashion Merchandising students from Meridian 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 Boise City-Nampa area alone, there are 50 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $33,480. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $29,000/yr and there are 100 employed.
Meridian lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Meridian are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 16 fashion merchandising schools with a 500-mile radius of Meridian, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Portland comes out as the most expensive ($31,420/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with American River College as the lowest, reported at only $6,669/yr.