Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has one fashion 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 students from Albuquerque 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.
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.