Independence, MO (population: 110,030) has three computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kansas City Art Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 690. It is the 3541st highest ranked school in the USA and the 106th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Computer Animation students from Independence 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.
Independence lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary.
Of the 3 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Independence, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kansas City Art Institute comes out as the most expensive ($23,883/yr) for computer animation students, with Johnson County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Independence|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||6.5 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||10.9 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||11.7 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||12.1 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||52.7 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||88.6 miles|