Jackson, MS (population: 171,210) has one fire science school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Meridian Community College has a total student population of 3,949. It is the 4485th highest ranked school in the USA and the 48th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Fire Science students from Jackson schools who go on to become fire scientists, firemen, firewomen, firefighters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Fire inspectors and investigators make on average $56,310 per year and there are about 12,180 of them employed in the US today.
Jackson lies in Hinds county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Jackson area has 245,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.60/hr average worker wage, and a $36,600 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meridian Community College ends up costing a student $7,593/yr.