Arlington Heights, IL (population: 73,268) has thirty-nine multimedia design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a multimedia design program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Multimedia Design students from Arlington Heights schools who go on to become multimedia designers, interactive media designers, media designers, digital media designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,800 people working as multimedia artists and animators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,810. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 7,690 employed graphic designers earning an average salary of $53,710. Multimedia artists and animators in this area earn $63,410/yr and there are 730 employed.
Arlington Heights lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Arlington Heights are held by multimedia artists and animators, and 2/1000 are held by graphic designers.
Of the 39 multimedia design schools with a 100-mile radius of Arlington Heights, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr) for multimedia design students, with Prairie State College as the lowest, reported at only $2,833/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Arlington Heights|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||2.5 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||5.8 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||8.5 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||10.5 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||12.8 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||13.6 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||13.9 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||14.1 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||15.4 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||15.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||15.8 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||16.9 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||20.2 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||20.4 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||30.7 miles|