Jersey City, NJ (population: 242,594) has two art schools within its city limits. Saint Peters College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art program, has a total student population of 3,122. It is the 532nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of New Jersey (#1 is Rutgers University-New Brunswick).
Art students from Jersey City schools who go on to become artists, animators, animation designers, animation artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 450 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $36,430. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $60,820/yr and there are 840 employed.
Jersey City lies in Hudson county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.167 out of every 1000 jobs in Jersey City are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.088/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 2 art schools in Jersey City, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Peters College comes out as the most expensive ($14,614/yr) for art students, with New Jersey City University as the lowest, reported at only $6,871/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jersey City|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||5.8 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||5.9 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||6.3 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||6.9 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||9.7 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||9.9 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||10.4 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||10.9 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||11.9 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||14.3 miles|
|Fresh Meadows||NY||-||1||41.5392||2||14.8 miles|