Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has two animation schools within its city limits. School of Communication Arts, the highest ranked school in the city with an animation program, has a total student population of 346. It is the 3595th highest ranked school in the USA and the 64th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Animation students from Raleigh 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.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary.
Of the 2 animation schools in Raleigh, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, School of Communication Arts comes out as the most expensive ($25,171/yr) for animation students, with Wake Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $12,759/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|