Lakeland, FL (population: 95,327) has eight 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 Lakeland 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.
Lakeland lies in Polk county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Lakeland-Winter Haven area has 194,780 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,010 average annual salary.
Of the 8 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Lakeland, only 1 has 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 Daytona State College as the lowest, reported at only $8,227/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lakeland|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||27.5 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||45.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||47.5 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||48.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||54.1 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||63.2 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||69.9 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||73.2 miles|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||92.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||96.9 miles|
|Cape Coral||FL||161,428||1||26.0313||32||96.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||97.1 miles|