Bolingbrook, IL (population: 72,318) has twenty-one animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Animation students from Bolingbrook 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.
Bolingbrook lies in DuPage county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary.
Of the 21 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Bolingbrook, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr) for animation students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bolingbrook|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||7.6 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||12.3 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||13.4 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||13.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||14.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||15.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||15.4 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||17.0 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||18.6 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||19.2 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||19.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||19.9 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||20.1 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||20.9 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||21.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||24.6 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||25.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||25.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||26.6 miles|