West Valley City, UT (population: 125,842) has twelve criminal justice schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Westminster College, the highest ranked school in this group with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 3,037. It is the 2500th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of Utah (#1 is University of Utah).
Criminal Justice students from West Valley City 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.
West Valley City lies in Salt Lake county, which is one of the 16 counties in Utah. Overall, the Salt Lake City area has 609,730 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.97/hr average worker wage, and a $41,530 average annual salary.
Of the 12 criminal justice schools with a 100-mile radius of West Valley City, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Utah Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,719/yr) for criminal justice students, with College of Eastern Utah as the lowest, reported at only $7,300/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Valley City|
|Salt Lake City||UT||184,856||12||26.413||545||7.5 miles|
|South Jordan||UT||57,903||1||13.1531||4||9.2 miles|