Anchorage, AK (population: 283,690) has twelve game schools within a 1500-mile radius of its city center. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a game program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Game students from Anchorage schools who go on to become game developers, game designers, video game designers, video game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 3,390 people working as gaming managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,030.
Anchorage lies in Anchorage county, which is one of the 27 counties in Alaska. Overall, the Anchorage area has 165,640 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $49,730 average annual salary.
Of the 12 game schools with a 1500-mile radius of Anchorage, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Seattle comes out as the most expensive ($28,174/yr) for game students, with Bellevue College as the lowest, reported at only $4,749/yr.
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