Covington, KY (population: 43,469) has three fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 31,134. It is the 194th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Fashion Merchandising students from Covington 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 Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area alone, there are 300 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $62,470. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $27,660/yr and there are 320 employed.
Covington lies in Kenton county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area has 994,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $20.35/hr average worker wage, and a $42,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.323 out of every 1000 jobs in Covington are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.299/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Covington, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati comes out as the most expensive ($27,113/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Eastern Kentucky University as the lowest, reported at only $10,033/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Covington|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||4.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||35.2 miles|
|Yellow Springs||OH||-||2||0.482738||0||62.6 miles|
|Concord Twp||OH||-||1||37.8234||22||86.0 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||87.0 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||88.1 miles|