Medford, OR (population: 75,182) has three fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of the Siskiyous, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 3,045. It is the 4937th highest ranked school in the USA and the 471st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fire students from Medford 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.
Medford lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Medford area has 77,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $18.29/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Medford, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, College of the Siskiyous comes out as the most expensive ($7,228/yr) for fire students, with Rogue Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,536/yr.