Passaic, NJ (population: 67,055) has seven jewelry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Temple University, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 36,507. It is the 105th highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Jewelry students from Passaic 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 New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 450 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $36,430. Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers in this area earn $41,460/yr and there are 3,590 employed.
Passaic lies in Passaic county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.709 out of every 1000 jobs in Passaic are held by jewelers and precious stone and metal workers, and 0.088/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 7 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Passaic, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gemological Institute of America-New York comes out as the most expensive ($24,378/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 Passaic|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||4.0 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||7.1 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||8.4 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||10.0 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||10.3 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||11.0 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||12.4 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||14.7 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||16.1 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||16.5 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||16.8 miles|