Racine, WI (population: 82,139) has twenty-eight 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 Racine 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.
Racine lies in Racine county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Racine area has 73,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.69/hr average worker wage, and a $38,880 average annual salary.
Of the 28 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Racine, 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 Muskegon Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,311/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Racine|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||22.3 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||43.6 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||45.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||46.1 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||48.6 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||49.3 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||49.9 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||53.4 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||55.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||57.6 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||57.7 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||58.1 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||58.4 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||58.8 miles|