Des Plaines, IL (population: 57,512) has fifteen corrections schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Saint Xavier University, the highest ranked school in this group with a corrections program, has a total student population of 5,028. It is the 348th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Corrections students from Des Plaines 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,740 employed mental health and substance abuse social workers earning an average salary of $42,410. Correctional officers and jailers in this area earn $54,950/yr and there are 4,630 employed.
Des Plaines lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Des Plaines are held by correctional officers and jailers, and 1/1000 are held by mental health and substance abuse social workers.
Of the 15 corrections schools with a 100-mile radius of Des Plaines, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brown Mackie College-Merrillville comes out as the most expensive ($21,058/yr) for corrections students, with Triton College as the lowest, reported at only $2,479/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Des Plaines|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||3.4 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||5.8 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||7.9 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||10.2 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||10.7 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||11.2 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||11.9 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||12.5 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||12.8 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||13.6 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||14.1 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.1 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||20.2 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||25.6 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||26.0 miles|