Maricopa, AZ (population: 53,723) has twelve jewelry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona.
Jewelry students from Maricopa schools who go on to become jewelers, jewelry designers, jewelry makers, jewelry repairers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 23,410 people working as jewelers and precious stone and metal workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,620. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 80 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $29,370. Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers in this area earn $34,870/yr and there are 410 employed.
Maricopa lies in Pinal county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Maricopa are held by jewelers and precious stone and metal workers, and 0/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 12 jewelry schools with a 500-mile radius of Maricopa, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles comes out as the most expensive ($27,329/yr) for jewelry students, with Cerritos College as the lowest, reported at only $3,650/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Maricopa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||21.5 miles|