Calexico, CA (population: 40,668) has nine animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 2,040. It is the 2270th highest ranked school in the USA and the 210th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Animation students from Calexico 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.
Calexico lies in Imperial county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the El Centro area has 50,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,250 average annual salary.
Of the 9 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Calexico, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($34,413/yr) for animation students, with Grossmont College as the lowest, reported at only $3,021/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Calexico|
|El Centro||CA||41,304||1||33.1701||10||8.4 miles|
|Fortuna Foothills||AZ||43,996||0||-||0||63.5 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||88.7 miles|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||89.8 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||95.8 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||97.0 miles|