Woonsocket, RI (population: 42,967) has seventeen 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 Woonsocket 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 Providence-Fall River-Warwick-MA area alone, there are 250 employed merchandise displayers and window trimmers earning an average salary of $35,030. Fashion designers in this area earn $69,060/yr and there are 60 employed.
Woonsocket lies in Providence county, which is one of the 2 counties in Rhode Island. Overall, the Providence-Fall River-Warwick-MA area has 544,170 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $20.96/hr average worker wage, and a $43,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.113 out of every 1000 jobs in Woonsocket are held by fashion designers, and 0.463/1000 are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers.
Of the 17 fashion schools with a 100-mile radius of Woonsocket, only 2 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 Woonsocket|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||9.0 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||15.6 miles|
|Fall River||MA||90,721||4||21.7318||82||28.4 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||28.4 miles|
|North Dartmouth||MA||-||2||13.916||82||37.0 miles|
|New Bedford||MA||90,869||2||34.0999||5||37.2 miles|