Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has seventeen acting schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Miami, the highest ranked school in this group with an acting program, has a total student population of 15,629. It is the 69th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Florida.
Acting students from Jacksonville schools who go on to become actors, playwrights, dramatists, theatre professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 39,880 people working as actors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0. Also, Producers and directors make on average $86,870 per year and there are about 79,780 of them employed in the US today.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary.
Of the 17 acting schools with a 500-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Miami comes out as the most expensive ($26,758/yr) for acting students, with Fayetteville State University as the lowest, reported at only $6,344/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|