Union, NJ (population: 56,324) 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 Union 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.
Union lies in Union county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area has 974,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $25.36/hr average worker wage, and a $52,760 average annual salary.
Of the 7 jewelry schools with a 100-mile radius of Union, 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 Union|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||3.4 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||6.2 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||10.2 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||11.0 miles|
|Perth Amboy||NJ||49,138||1||20.4079||6||12.5 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||13.7 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||14.0 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||16.0 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||17.1 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||17.3 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||17.4 miles|