Denver, CO (population: 609,651) has five creative writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Colorado College, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 2,032. It is the 92nd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Colorado.
Creative Writing students from Denver schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 640 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $66,550. Writers and authors in this area earn $72,290/yr and there are 300 employed.
Denver lies in Denver county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Denver are held by writers and authors, and 1/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 5 creative writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Denver, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Naropa University comes out as the most expensive ($21,204/yr) for creative writing students, with Colorado State University as the lowest, reported at only $12,132/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Denver|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||6.9 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||11.4 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||16.1 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||16.2 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||27.0 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||55.7 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||63.2 miles|