South Orange, NJ has forty-three 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 South Orange 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.
South Orange lies in Essex county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area has 974,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $25.36/hr average worker wage, and a $52,760 average annual salary.
Of the 43 game schools with a 100-mile radius of South Orange, 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 South Orange|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||2.8 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||10.3 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||10.9 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||12.4 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||12.9 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||14.8 miles|
|Perth Amboy||NJ||49,138||1||20.4079||6||15.8 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||16.4 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||17.7 miles|