Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has four criminal justice schools within its city limits. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the highest ranked school in the city with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 33,819. It is the 70th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Criminal Justice students from Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 1,620 employed police and sheriff's patrol officers earning an average salary of $44,870. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers in this area earn $56,130/yr and there are 170 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.332 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, and 3.246/1000 are held by police and sheriff's patrol officers.
Of the 4 criminal justice schools in Raleigh, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Augustines College comes out as the most expensive ($16,142/yr) for criminal justice students, with North Carolina State University at Raleigh as the lowest, reported at only $7,978/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|