Ames, IA (population: 58,120) has eighty computer animation schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Computer Animation students from Ames schools who go on to become computer animators, animators, animation designers, animation artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,800 people working as multimedia artists and animators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,810.
Ames lies in Story county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Ames area has 42,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,690 average annual salary.
Of the 80 computer animation schools with a 500-mile radius of Ames, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bryan University comes out as the most expensive ($31,601/yr) for computer animation students, with Colby Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,131/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ames|
|Des Moines||IA||200,202||10||28.1761||244||30.4 miles|
|West Des Moines||IA||57,065||1||4.37611||3||31.7 miles|
|Fort Dodge||IA||-||2||25.3587||65||43.0 miles|
|Cedar Falls||IA||-||3||27.7287||174||69.9 miles|
|Storm Lake||IA||-||2||49.0567||85||91.2 miles|