Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has twenty floral design schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a floral design program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Floral Design students from Memphis schools who go on to become floral designers, architecture designers, designers, fashion designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,470 people working as floral designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $24,940. Also, Fashion designers make on average $74,410 per year and there are about 15,780 of them employed in the US today.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 20 floral design schools with a 500-mile radius of Memphis, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Tennessee comes out as the most expensive ($13,139/yr) for floral design students, with Mississippi Delta Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,325/yr.