Meridian, ID (population: 73,202) has ten home inspection schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Oregon State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a home inspection program, has a total student population of 21,950. It is the 1117th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Home Inspection students from Meridian schools who go on to become home inspectors, real estate inspectors, housing quality standard inspectors, housing inspectors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 90,730 people working as construction and building inspectors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $53,550. 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.
Meridian lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary.
Of the 10 home inspection schools with a 500-mile radius of Meridian, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Oregon State University comes out as the most expensive ($12,738/yr) for home inspection students, with Butte College as the lowest, reported at only $5,773/yr.