Alameda, CA (population: 71,628) has four jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California College of the Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 1,828. It is the 3265th highest ranked school in the USA and the 312th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Jewelry students from Alameda 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.
Alameda lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary.
Of the 4 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Alameda, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, California College of the Arts comes out as the most expensive ($30,933/yr) for jewelry students, with Santa Rosa Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $8,641/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alameda|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||7.3 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||10.4 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||11.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||11.7 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||14.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||15.0 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||17.6 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||31.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||39.5 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||56.6 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||66.9 miles|