South San Francisco, CA (population: 64,345) has seventeen video game design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game design program, has a total student population of 1,054. It is the 1363rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Video Game Design students from South San Francisco schools who go on to become video game designers, game developers, video game developers, video game engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area alone, there are 7,280 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $114,150. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $105,650/yr and there are 10,820 employed.
South San Francisco lies in San Mateo county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area has 982,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $30/hr average worker wage, and a $61,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 11 out of every 1000 jobs in South San Francisco are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 7/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 17 video game design schools with a 100-mile radius of South San Francisco, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, CSI Career College comes out as the most expensive ($44,912/yr) for video game design students, with Canada College as the lowest, reported at only $6,163/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from South San Francisco|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||7.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||9.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||15.2 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||20.0 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||22.3 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||26.6 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||31.8 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||40.0 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||52.1 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||78.2 miles|