Ellicott City, MD (population: 73,232) has twenty-nine game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Pennsylvania, the highest ranked school in this group with a game program, has a total student population of 24,599. It is the 5th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Pennsylvania.
Game students from Ellicott City 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.
Ellicott City lies in Howard county, which is one of the 16 counties in Maryland. Overall, the Baltimore-Towson area has 1,259,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $23.40/hr average worker wage, and a $48,670 average annual salary.
Of the 29 game schools with a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Washington comes out as the most expensive ($42,518/yr) for game students, with Carroll Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,498/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ellicott City|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||10.7 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||18.3 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||20.3 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||22.2 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||22.3 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||27.0 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||32.5 miles|