Chesapeake, VA (population: 223,315) has one acting school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Old Dominion University has a total student population of 24,013. It is the 1518th highest ranked school in the USA and the 38th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Acting students from Chesapeake 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 480 employed producers and directors earning an average salary of $51,980. Actors in this area earn $*/yr and there are 70 employed.
Chesapeake lies in Chesapeake county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.089 out of every 1000 jobs in Chesapeake are held by actors, and 0.657/1000 are held by producers and directors.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Old Dominion University ends up costing a student $10,173/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chesapeake|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||15.5 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||29.8 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||82.1 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||97.3 miles|