El Centro, CA (population: 41,304) has three interactive media design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in this group with an interactive media design program, has a total student population of 28,418. It is the 22nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Interactive Media Design students from El Centro schools who go on to become interactive media designers, media designers, multimedia designers, digital media designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today.
El Centro lies in Imperial county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the El Centro area has 50,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,250 average annual salary.
Of the 3 interactive media design schools with a 100-mile radius of El Centro, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($34,413/yr) for interactive media design students, with Arizona Western College as the lowest, reported at only $10,426/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from El Centro|
|Fortuna Foothills||AZ||43,996||0||-||0||67.5 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||80.5 miles|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||86.8 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||88.8 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||91.9 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||96.5 miles|