Dundalk, MD (population: 66,755) has nineteen animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Swarthmore College, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 1,525. It is the 37th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Animation students from Dundalk 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.
Dundalk lies in Baltimore county, which is one of the 16 counties in Maryland. Overall, the Baltimore-Towson area has 1,259,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $23.40/hr average worker wage, and a $48,670 average annual salary.
Of the 19 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Dundalk, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Washington comes out as the most expensive ($42,518/yr) for animation students, with Hagerstown Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,465/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dundalk|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||17.7 miles|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||18.2 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||33.5 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||33.9 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||34.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||36.9 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||37.5 miles|
|North East||MD||-||1||7.7142||47||37.6 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||44.9 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||48.2 miles|