Gary, IN (population: 94,891) has twenty-eight game design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with a game design program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Game Design students from Gary schools who go on to become video game engineers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,300 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $87,640. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $81,590/yr and there are 1,320 employed.
Gary lies in Lake county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Gary are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 3/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 28 game design schools with a 100-mile radius of Gary, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg comes out as the most expensive ($28,308/yr) for game design students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gary|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||9.9 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||13.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||16.6 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||18.0 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||20.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||20.9 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||23.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||24.1 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||24.2 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||26.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||30.7 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||32.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||34.1 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||37.7 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||39.0 miles|