Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has six wedding planning schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Highline Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a wedding planning program, has a total student population of 6,725. It is the 4584th highest ranked school in the USA and the 73rd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Wedding Planning students from Tacoma 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. In fact, in the Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 50 employed travel agents earning an average salary of $31,090. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $49,340/yr and there are 50 employed.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.190 out of every 1000 jobs in Tacoma are held by meeting and convention planners, and 0.187/1000 are held by travel agents.
Of the 6 wedding planning schools with a 100-mile radius of Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Clover Park Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($9,663/yr) for wedding planning students, with Pierce College at Puyallup as the lowest, reported at only $6,078/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|