Little Rock, AR (population: 192,247) has two corrections schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a corrections program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
Corrections students from Little Rock schools who go on to become correctional counselors, corrections officers, jailers, probation officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 455,350 people working as correctional officers and jailers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,610. Also, Mental health and substance abuse social workers make on average $41,350 per year and there are about 127,140 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 260 employed mental health and substance abuse social workers earning an average salary of $44,820. Correctional officers and jailers in this area earn $27,380/yr and there are 420 employed.
Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Little Rock are held by correctional officers and jailers, and 1/1000 are held by mental health and substance abuse social workers.
Of the 2 corrections schools with a 100-mile radius of Little Rock, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Harding University comes out as the most expensive ($13,745/yr) for corrections students, with Arkansas State University-Beebe as the lowest, reported at only $6,687/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Little Rock|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||42.8 miles|