Clearwater, FL (population: 104,782) has six animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Full Sail University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 7,516. It is the 1802nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 85th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Animation students from Clearwater 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.
Clearwater lies in Pinellas county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has 1,131,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,590 average annual salary.
Of the 6 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Clearwater, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ringling College of Art and Design comes out as the most expensive ($33,946/yr) for animation students, with Orlando Tech as the lowest, reported at only $20,124/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Clearwater|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||9.1 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||17.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||18.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||39.8 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||73.5 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||79.6 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||97.1 miles|