Hackensack, NJ (population: 42,824) has forty-one 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 Hackensack 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.
Hackensack lies in Bergen county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary.
Of the 41 game schools with a 100-mile radius of Hackensack, only 13 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The New School comes out as the most expensive ($39,004/yr) for game students, with County College of Morris as the lowest, reported at only $4,290/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hackensack|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||7.0 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||7.6 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||9.1 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||11.4 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||11.6 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||12.5 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||12.7 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||13.0 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||14.3 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||14.7 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||15.0 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||16.3 miles|