Waterbury, CT (population: 107,118) has five jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rhode Island School of Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 2,360. It is the 85th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Rhode Island (#1 is Brown University).
Jewelry students from Waterbury 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.
Waterbury lies in New Haven county, which is one of the 8 counties in Connecticut. Overall, the Waterbury area has 65,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $44,650 average annual salary.
Of the 5 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Waterbury, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rhode Island School of Design comes out as the most expensive ($35,991/yr) for jewelry students, with Studio Jewelers as the lowest, reported at only $8,964/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Waterbury|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||15.0 miles|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||18.4 miles|
|East Hartford||CT||51,288||4||22.8181||50||25.7 miles|
|East Windsor||CT||-||1||6.26683||12||35.0 miles|
|Old Lyme||CT||-||1||63.6175||6||40.5 miles|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||47.6 miles|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||48.9 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||52.9 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||55.6 miles|