Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has one fashion merchandising school within its city limits. Meredith College 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 40 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $64,300. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $25,380/yr and there are 150 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.296 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.088/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meredith College ends up costing a student $21,466/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|