Elgin, IL (population: 111,179) has fourteen fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Dominican University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 3,909. It is the 263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Elgin 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,000 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $50,910. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $27,250/yr and there are 1,300 employed.
Elgin lies in Kane county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Elgin are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 14 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Elgin, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, School of the Art Institute of Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($38,965/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elgin|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||4.0 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||7.8 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||8.0 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||11.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||13.3 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||13.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||16.1 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||16.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||18.1 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||18.6 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||20.0 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||20.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||21.6 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||24.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||26.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||27.7 miles|