Rio Rancho, NM (population: 85,837) has two landscaping 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 landscaping 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).
Landscaping students from Rio Rancho 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.
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 landscaping 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 landscaping students, with Central New Mexico Community College as the lowest, reported at only $10,387/yr.