Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has four film schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Willamette University, the highest ranked school in this group with a film program, has a total student population of 2,838. It is the 146th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Film students from Vancouver schools who go on to become filmmakers, producers, directors, film directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,780 people working as producers and directors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $86,870. Also, Actors make on average $0 per year and there are about 39,880 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are ** employed actors earning an average salary of $*. Producers and directors in this area earn $91,710/yr and there are 530 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.537 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by producers and directors, and **/1000 are held by actors.
Of the 4 film schools with a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Portland comes out as the most expensive ($31,420/yr) for film students, with Portland State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|