West Allis, WI (population: 59,345) 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 West Allis 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.
West Allis lies in Milwaukee county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area has 817,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $21.19/hr average worker wage, and a $44,080 average annual salary.
Of the 27 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of West Allis, only 6 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 West Allis|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||56.1 miles|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||56.7 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||63.7 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||64.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||65.2 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||66.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||68.1 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||70.1 miles|