Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has eight forensic science schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a forensic science program, has a total student population of 12,156. It is the 462nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Forensic Science students from Memphis schools who go on to become forensic science technicians, forensics specialists, crime scene forensics specialists, forensic scientists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,870 people working as forensic science technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,070. Also, Biological scientists make on average $69,430 per year and there are about 29,630 of them employed in the US today.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 8 forensic science schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Mississippi Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,621/yr) for forensic science students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.