Chico, CA (population: 85,863) has nine fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Sierra College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 20,688. It is the 4192nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 389th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fire students from Chico schools who go on to become firemen, police officers, firewomen, firefighters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 305,500 people working as fire fighters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $47,270. 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.
Chico lies in Butte county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Chico area has 69,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,630 average annual salary.
Of the 9 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Chico, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lassen Community College comes out as the most expensive ($11,496/yr) for fire students, with Shasta College as the lowest, reported at only $5,404/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chico|
|Yuba City||CA||62,588||1||36.3939||5||43.4 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||83.5 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||84.1 miles|