San Jose, CA (population: 977,893) has thirteen landscaping schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Santa Rosa Junior College, the highest ranked school in this group with a landscaping program, has a total student population of 25,877. It is the 4107th highest ranked school in the USA and the 378th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Landscaping students from San Jose schools who go on to become landscapers, landscape architects, landscape designers, landscape supervisors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 859,960 people working as landscaping and groundskeeping workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,340. Also, Grounds maintenance workers make on average $28,400 per year and there are about 12,840 of them employed in the US today.
San Jose lies in Santa Clara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area has 888,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $32/hr average worker wage, and a $66,780 average annual salary.
Of the 13 landscaping schools with a 100-mile radius of San Jose, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, College of Marin comes out as the most expensive ($12,416/yr) for landscaping students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from San Jose|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||8.2 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||22.8 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||25.1 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||30.6 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||31.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||32.8 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||40.0 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||42.8 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||46.3 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||88.7 miles|