Belleville, IL (population: 41,090) has eight computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. McKendree University, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 3,284. It is the 430th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Computer Animation students from Belleville 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.
Belleville lies in St. Clair county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the South Illinois nonmetropolitan area has 147,160 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.46/hr average worker wage, and a $36,310 average annual salary.
Of the 8 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Belleville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Missouri College comes out as the most expensive ($22,689/yr) for computer animation students, with Lewis and Clark Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Belleville|
|Saint Louis||MO||349,763||28||21.7118||925||15.0 miles|
|Maryland Heights||MO||-||1||21.4481||9||26.5 miles|
|Saint Charles||MO||65,986||1||57.1604||124||33.4 miles|
|Saint Peters||MO||56,697||1||24.7073||15||37.2 miles|
|Cape Girardeau||MO||-||6||26.7452||153||88.7 miles|