Rio Rancho, NM (population: 85,837) has two landscape design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Center Design College-Albuquerque, the highest ranked school in this group with a landscape design program, has a total student population of 252. It is the 3539th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus). To learn more about landscape design programs in Rio Rancho, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of landscape design professors at The Art Center Design College such as Joe Chavez, Brian Fuller, and Bill Platz.
Landscape Design students from Rio Rancho schools who go on to become landscape designers, landscape architects, landscapers, landscape supervisors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,510 people working as designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,420. Also, Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make on average $25,340 per year and there are about 859,960 of them employed in the US today.
Rio Rancho lies in Sandoval county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 2 landscape design schools with a 100-mile radius of Rio Rancho, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Center Design College-Albuquerque comes out as the most expensive ($34,902/yr) for landscape design students, with Central New Mexico Community College as the lowest, reported at only $10,387/yr.