Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has two jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Evergreen Valley College, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 11,186. It is the 4966th highest ranked school in the USA and the 478th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Jewelry students from Merced 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.
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 2 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Monterey Peninsula College comes out as the most expensive ($10,122/yr) for jewelry students, with Evergreen Valley College as the lowest, reported at only $9,070/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|