Monroe, LA (population: 50,949) has thirty-nine wedding planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Southern Methodist University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wedding planning program, has a total student population of 10,891. It is the 976th highest ranked school in the USA and the 43rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Wedding Planning students from Monroe schools who go on to become wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, Travel agents make on average $32,450 per year and there are about 76,990 of them employed in the US today.
Monroe lies in Ouachita county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Monroe area has 75,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $15.81/hr average worker wage, and a $32,890 average annual salary.
Of the 39 wedding planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Monroe, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Dallas comes out as the most expensive ($36,482/yr) for wedding planning students, with Bainbridge College as the lowest, reported at only $2,087/yr.