El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has three forensic nursing schools within its city limits. Computer Career Center, the highest ranked school in the city with a forensic nursing program, has a total student population of 994. It is the 1168th highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Forensic Nursing students from El Paso schools who go on to become forensic nurses, forensic accountants, forensics specialists, crime scene forensics specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the El Paso area alone, there are 1,230 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $42,090. Registered nurses in this area earn $60,850/yr and there are 4,610 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 17.136 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by registered nurses, and 4.554/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 3 forensic nursing schools in El Paso, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Anamarc Educational Institute comes out as the most expensive ($17,760/yr) for forensic nursing students, with The University of Texas at El Paso as the lowest, reported at only $5,224/yr.