Auburn, AL (population: 57,926) has five animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia College-Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 7,060. It is the 2492nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Animation students from Auburn schools who go on to become animation artists, animators, animation designers, game designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Multimedia artists and animators make on average $62,810 per year and there are about 28,800 of them employed in the US today.
Auburn lies in Lee county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Auburn-Opelika area has 47,350 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,440 average annual salary.
Of the 5 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Auburn, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer comes out as the most expensive ($22,083/yr) for animation students, with Griffin Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,295/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Auburn|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||1.0 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||29.1 miles|
|Alexander City||AL||-||1||11.6004||38||36.9 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||92.9 miles|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||94.9 miles|