Leesburg, VA (population: 42,666) has four fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Howard University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 10,573. It is the 168th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Leesburg 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 80 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $49,240. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $33,260/yr and there are 520 employed.
Leesburg lies in Loudoun county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Leesburg are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 4 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Leesburg, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institutes of York-PA comes out as the most expensive ($22,081/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Baltimore City Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,851/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Leesburg|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||20.6 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||24.0 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||25.8 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||25.8 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||30.9 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||37.7 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||40.9 miles|