Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has three game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a game program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
Game students from Memphis 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.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 3 game schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Cordova comes out as the most expensive ($22,206/yr) for game students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.