Durham, NC (population: 235,337) has two fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Meredith College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 2,262. It is the 2353rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 48th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Durham 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.
Durham lies in Durham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary.
Of the 2 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Durham, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meredith College comes out as the most expensive ($21,466/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Liberty University as the lowest, reported at only $19,574/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Durham|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||8.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||61.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||61.6 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||75.1 miles|