Portsmouth, VA (population: 102,540) has three illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Illustration students from Portsmouth 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. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 40 employed artists and related workers earning an average salary of $63,640. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $28,230/yr and there are 200 employed.
Portsmouth lies in Portsmouth county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.271 out of every 1000 jobs in Portsmouth are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.056/1000 are held by artists and related workers.
Of the 3 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Portsmouth, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for illustration students, with Elizabeth City State University as the lowest, reported at only $3,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portsmouth|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||17.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||19.6 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||71.4 miles|