Peabody, MA (population: 51,672) has thirty illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Boston University, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 31,960. It is the 32nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Illustration students from Peabody 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.
Peabody lies in Essex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Peabody NECTA area has 100,770 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4.0% unemployment rate, $22.60/hr average worker wage, and a $47,000 average annual salary.
Of the 30 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Peabody, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rhode Island School of Design comes out as the most expensive ($35,991/yr) for illustration students, with Massasoit Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,610/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Peabody|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||14.4 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||17.2 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||42.9 miles|