Portsmouth, VA (population: 102,540) has one fashion merchandising school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Portsmouth 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 120 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $47,390. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $28,350/yr and there are 330 employed.
Portsmouth lies in Portsmouth county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.453 out of every 1000 jobs in Portsmouth are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.170/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University ends up costing a student $15,907/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portsmouth|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||17.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||19.6 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||71.4 miles|