Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has two illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Flagler College, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 2,716. It is the 409th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Illustration students from Jacksonville schools who go on to become illustration artists, animation artists, artists, graphic artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Artists and related workers make on average $57,470 per year and there are about 8,100 of them employed in the US today.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary.
Of the 2 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Flagler College comes out as the most expensive ($16,967/yr) for illustration students, with University of Florida as the lowest, reported at only $10,101/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|