Denver, CO (population: 609,651) has five criminal justice schools within its city limits. Johnson & Wales University-Denver, the highest ranked school in the city with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 1,461. It is the 3273rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Criminal Justice students from Denver schools who go on to become criminal justice administrators, public prosecutors, public defenders, judges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,610 people working as criminal justice and law enforcement teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,750. Also, Police and sheriff's patrol officers make on average $55,180 per year and there are about 641,590 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 4,930 employed police and sheriff's patrol officers earning an average salary of $63,270. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers in this area earn $58,300/yr and there are 50 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 criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, and 4/1000 are held by police and sheriff's patrol officers.
Of the 5 criminal justice schools in Denver, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnson & Wales University-Denver comes out as the most expensive ($23,765/yr) for criminal justice students, with Metropolitan State College of Denver as the lowest, reported at only $11,829/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|