Highland Springs, VA has ten illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. American University, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 12,241. It is the 97th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of District Of Columbia (#1 is George Washington University).
Illustration students from Highland Springs 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.
Highland Springs lies in Henrico county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Richmond area has 595,920 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.03/hr average worker wage, and a $43,740 average annual salary.
Of the 10 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Highland Springs, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Washington comes out as the most expensive ($42,518/yr) for illustration students, with University of the District of Columbia as the lowest, reported at only $7,881/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Highland Springs|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||55.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||90.3 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||92.8 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||95.3 miles|