Alameda, CA (population: 71,628) has thirty-two animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-Santa Cruz, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 16,775. It is the 110th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Animation students from Alameda 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.
Alameda lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary.
Of the 32 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Alameda, only 20 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale comes out as the most expensive ($32,611/yr) for animation students, with De Anza College as the lowest, reported at only $3,899/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alameda|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||7.3 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||10.4 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||11.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||11.7 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||14.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||15.0 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||17.6 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||31.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||39.5 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||56.6 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||66.9 miles|