Denver, CO (population: 609,651) has four fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Aims Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 5,510. It is the 4546th highest ranked school in the USA and the 76th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Fire students from Denver 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. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 50 employed fire inspectors and investigators earning an average salary of $68,380. Fire fighters in this area earn $56,400/yr and there are 2,100 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 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Denver are held by fire fighters, and 0/1000 are held by fire inspectors and investigators.
Of the 4 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Denver, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Community College of Aurora comes out as the most expensive ($11,176/yr) for fire students, with Pikes Peak Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,506/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|