Fort Collins, CO (population: 141,921) has eight child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Wyoming, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 12,427. It is the 1527th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wyoming.
Child Development students from Fort Collins schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fort Collins-Loveland area alone, there are 400 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $28,400. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $41,310/yr and there are 360 employed.
Fort Collins lies in Larimer county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Fort Collins-Loveland area has 128,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,210 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Fort Collins are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 3/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 8 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of Fort Collins, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Community College of Aurora comes out as the most expensive ($11,176/yr) for child development students, with Arapahoe Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,279/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Collins|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||48.9 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||65.5 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||70.1 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||71.4 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||82.5 miles|