Rio Rancho, NM (population: 85,837) has seven crime scene investigation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northern New Mexico College, the highest ranked school in this group with a crime scene investigation program, has a total student population of 2,066. It is the 4938th highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Crime Scene Investigation students from Rio Rancho schools who go on to become crime scene investigators, investigators, personal investigators, crime scene forensics specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,870 people working as forensic science technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,070.
Rio Rancho lies in Sandoval county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 7 crime scene investigation schools with a 100-mile radius of Rio Rancho, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central New Mexico Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,387/yr) for crime scene investigation students, with Luna Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,629/yr.