Santa Maria, CA (population: 88,641) has one industrial design school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has a total student population of 19,325. It is the 752nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 48th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Industrial Design students from Santa Maria 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.
Santa Maria lies in Santa Barbara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area has 170,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo ends up costing a student $13,431/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Maria|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||26.0 miles|
|Santa Barbara||CA||86,382||6||24.3128||166||54.1 miles|