Willow Grove, PA has seventeen acting schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Temple University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acting program, has a total student population of 36,507. It is the 105th highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Acting students from Willow Grove 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. In fact, in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 770 employed producers and directors earning an average salary of $77,570. Actors in this area earn $*/yr and there are 330 employed.
Willow Grove lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.179 out of every 1000 jobs in Willow Grove are held by actors, and 0.422/1000 are held by producers and directors.
Of the 17 acting schools with a 100-mile radius of Willow Grove, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The New School comes out as the most expensive ($39,004/yr) for acting students, with Northampton County Area Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,153/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Willow Grove|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||9.8 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||15.6 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||18.0 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||18.8 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||28.3 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||30.4 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||41.0 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||41.7 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||42.5 miles|