Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has thirteen crime scene investigation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Saint Martin's University, the highest ranked school in this group with a crime scene investigation program, has a total student population of 1,672. It is the 480th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Crime Scene Investigation students from Vancouver 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.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary.
Of the 13 crime scene investigation schools with a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Martin's University comes out as the most expensive ($19,704/yr) for crime scene investigation students, with Clackamas Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,722/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|