Lexington, KY (population: 279,146) has nine video game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of Cincinnati, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game program, has a total student population of 44. It is the 1575th highest ranked school in the USA and the 91st highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Video Game students from Lexington 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 Lexington-Fayette area alone, there are 390 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $86,000. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $79,720/yr and there are 890 employed.
Lexington lies in Fayette county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Lexington-Fayette area has 241,910 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.95/hr average worker wage, and a $39,410 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.672 out of every 1000 jobs in Lexington are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 1.595/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 9 video game schools with a 100-mile radius of Lexington, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati comes out as the most expensive ($27,113/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 Lexington|
|Saint Catharine||KY||-||1||13.7868||38||49.2 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||68.6 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||76.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||86.8 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||96.2 miles|