Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has one fashion merchandising school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Santa Fe Community College has a total student population of 4,630. It is the 5695th highest ranked school in the USA and the 33rd highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Fashion Merchandising students from Albuquerque 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.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Fe Community College ends up costing a student $10,016/yr.