Concord, CA (population: 122,338) has thirty-three 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 Concord 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.
Concord lies in Contra Costa 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 33 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Concord, 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 Concord|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||5.3 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||18.3 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||19.8 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||25.6 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||28.2 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||31.4 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||33.0 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||41.5 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||47.1 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||47.6 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||57.8 miles|