Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has two fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Volunteer State Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 8,430. It is the 4879th highest ranked school in the USA and the 133rd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Fire students from Nashville 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 90 employed fire inspectors and investigators earning an average salary of $50,970. Fire fighters in this area earn $45,950/yr and there are 1,700 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.362 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by fire fighters, and 0.118/1000 are held by fire inspectors and investigators.
Of the 2 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Nashville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Volunteer State Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,995/yr) for fire students, with Volunteer State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,995/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|