You may associate a contemporary residence in Los Angeles or a hip Brooklyn loft more with cutting-edge design than Washington.
While those cities are definitely hot spots for interior design, the Joybird survey uncovered some surprises: Los Angeles ranked No. 19 on its list of the best cities for interior design and New York came in No. 22.
The survey, based on data from EMSI, a labor market data services company, looked at all metro areas with a population above 1 million. The cities are ranked on these five factors:
• Interior designers per capita (both self-employed and salaried).
• Percent of self-employed interior designers.
• Median hourly earnings.
• Number of furnishings and decor stores per capita.
• Percent growth in the number of interior school graduates from 2013 to 2016.
One reason Washington ranked at the top is that it has the highest-paid interior designers. The other nine top cities are: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, St. Louis, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
The reason Jacksonville came in second is that it had a 317 percent growth rate of interior designers, higher than any other city.
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