Louisville, KY (population: 556,482) has thirty-three jewelry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Corcoran College of Art and Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 921. It is the 435th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Jewelry students from Louisville 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.
Louisville lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Louisville-Jefferson County-IN area has 593,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $19.22/hr average worker wage, and a $39,970 average annual salary.
Of the 33 jewelry schools with a 500-mile radius of Louisville, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Savannah College of Art and Design comes out as the most expensive ($30,092/yr) for jewelry students, with Lake Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $1,244/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Louisville|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||6.4 miles|
|Saint Catharine||KY||-||1||13.7868||38||44.1 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||83.8 miles|
|Oakland City||IN||-||1||58.4328||69||87.5 miles|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||94.6 miles|