Fayetteville, NC (population: 177,632) has seven game design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the highest ranked school in this group with a game design program, has a total student population of 33,819. It is the 70th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Game Design students from Fayetteville 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 Fayetteville area alone, there are 70 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $77,460. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $73,250/yr and there are 50 employed.
Fayetteville lies in Cumberland county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Fayetteville area has 126,070 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $16.90/hr average worker wage, and a $35,150 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.412 out of every 1000 jobs in Fayetteville are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 0.521/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 7 game design schools with a 100-mile radius of Fayetteville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham comes out as the most expensive ($28,276/yr) for game design students, with Lenoir Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,793/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fayetteville|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||60.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||86.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||88.3 miles|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||95.5 miles|