Covington, KY (population: 43,469) has eleven video game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Cedarville University, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game program, has a total student population of 3,102. It is the 206th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Video Game students from Covington schools who go on to become video game developers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, 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 Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area alone, there are 1,450 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $83,070. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $79,100/yr and there are 5,540 employed.
Covington lies in Kenton county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area has 994,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $20.35/hr average worker wage, and a $42,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.570 out of every 1000 jobs in Covington are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 1.459/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 11 video game schools with a 100-mile radius of Covington, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology comes out as the most expensive ($32,091/yr) for video game students, with Jefferson Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $8,103/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Covington|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||4.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||35.2 miles|
|Yellow Springs||OH||-||2||0.482738||0||62.6 miles|
|Concord Twp||OH||-||1||37.8234||22||86.0 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||87.0 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||88.1 miles|