Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has four industrial design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Stanford University, the highest ranked school in this group with an industrial design program, has a total student population of 18,498. It is the 3rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Industrial Design students from Merced schools who go on to become industrial designers, commercial designers, architecture designers, designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,460 people working as industrial engineering technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,030. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today.
Merced lies in Merced county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Merced area has 59,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary.
Of the 4 industrial design schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stanford University comes out as the most expensive ($19,697/yr) for industrial design students, with Los Medanos College as the lowest, reported at only $10,127/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merced|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||75.4 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||82.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||87.1 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||89.0 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||91.2 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||95.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||95.9 miles|