Reston, VA (population: 64,064) has fifteen photography schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. George Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a photography program, has a total student population of 25,061. It is the 52nd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of District Of Columbia.
Photography students from Reston schools who go on to become photogrammetric compilation specialists, photographers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 57,760 people working as photographers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370.
Reston lies in Fairfax county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary.
Of the 15 photography schools with a 100-mile radius of Reston, only 5 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 photography students, with Harford Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,400/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Reston|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||10.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||13.8 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||17.4 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||18.1 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||18.5 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||23.8 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||35.6 miles|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||44.6 miles|