El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has three animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. New Mexico State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 18,526. It is the 396th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New Mexico.
Animation students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 3 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of El Paso, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New Mexico State University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($9,500/yr) for animation students, with New Mexico State University-Dona Ana as the lowest, reported at only $5,430/yr.