Elkhart, IN (population: 52,987) has seventeen 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 Elkhart 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.
Elkhart lies in Elkhart county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Columbus area has 41,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $19.74/hr average worker wage, and a $41,060 average annual salary.
Of the 17 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Elkhart, only 5 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 Moraine Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,622/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elkhart|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||14.0 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||15.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||47.8 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||48.8 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||56.8 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||60.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||80.8 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||81.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||84.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||87.1 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||88.4 miles|
|Grand Rapids||MI||193,337||12||26.8368||469||89.3 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||90.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||91.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||94.4 miles|