Biddeford, ME has eleven fashion schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion program, has a total student population of 2,422. It is the 237th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Fashion students from Biddeford schools who go on to become fashion professionals, fashion merchandisers, marketers, fashion models, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,780 people working as fashion designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,410. Also, Merchandise displayers and window trimmers make on average $28,480 per year and there are about 61,280 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area alone, there are 250 employed merchandise displayers and window trimmers earning an average salary of $28,130. Fashion designers in this area earn $82,510/yr and there are 60 employed.
Biddeford lies in York county, which is one of the 9 counties in Maine. Overall, the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area has 195,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $20.01/hr average worker wage, and a $41,620 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.321 out of every 1000 jobs in Biddeford are held by fashion designers, and 1.256/1000 are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers.
Of the 11 fashion schools with a 100-mile radius of Biddeford, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The New England Institute of Art comes out as the most expensive ($30,213/yr) for fashion students, with Middlesex Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,314/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Biddeford|
|South Portland||ME||-||2||20.6898||57||14.8 miles|
|S Portland||ME||-||1||12.3758||12||14.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||64.8 miles|
|New London||NH||-||5||27.7354||166||77.1 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||88.2 miles|