McLean, VA has fourteen animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. American University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 12,241. It is the 97th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Animation students from McLean 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.
McLean lies in Fairfax county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary.
Of the 14 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of McLean, only 2 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 McLean|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||3.6 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||7.9 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||9.6 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||12.0 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||14.5 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||17.0 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||29.8 miles|