Normal, IL (population: 53,432) has five computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Central College, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 2,798. It is the 274th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Computer Animation students from Normal 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.
Normal lies in McLean county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Bloomington-Normal area has 85,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 8% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $44,280 average annual salary.
Of the 5 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Normal, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Dupage comes out as the most expensive ($21,954/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 Normal|
|East Peoria||IL||-||2||21.1433||95||32.1 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||90.6 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||93.7 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||95.9 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||96.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||98.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||99.5 miles|