DeKalb, IL (population: 46,134) has twenty-seven computer animation schools within a 100-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 DeKalb 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.
DeKalb lies in DeKalb county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary.
Of the 27 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of DeKalb, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr) for computer animation students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from DeKalb|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||19.6 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||26.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||29.9 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||31.5 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||31.9 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||32.6 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||34.5 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||35.3 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||38.7 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||39.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||41.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||42.7 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||44.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||47.0 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||48.2 miles|