Belleville, IL (population: 41,090) has five fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lindenwood University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 10,408. It is the 481st highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Belleville 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.
Belleville lies in St. Clair county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the South Illinois nonmetropolitan area has 147,160 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.46/hr average worker wage, and a $36,310 average annual salary.
Of the 5 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Belleville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Washington University in St Louis comes out as the most expensive ($28,951/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Vatterott College as the lowest, reported at only $12,431/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Belleville|
|Saint Louis||MO||349,763||28||21.7118||925||15.0 miles|
|Maryland Heights||MO||-||1||21.4481||9||26.5 miles|
|Saint Charles||MO||65,986||1||57.1604||124||33.4 miles|
|Saint Peters||MO||56,697||1||24.7073||15||37.2 miles|
|Cape Girardeau||MO||-||6||26.7452||153||88.7 miles|