Colorado Springs, CO (population: 388,306) has three homeland security schools within its city limits. Colorado Technical University, the highest ranked school in the city with a homeland security program, has a total student population of 2,690. It is the 4532nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 75th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Homeland Security students from Colorado Springs schools who go on to become homeland security specialists, police officers, security technicians, security officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,028,830 people working as security guards alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $26,430. Also, Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers make on average $36,470 per year and there are about 98,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Colorado Springs area alone, there are 150 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $43,310. Security guards in this area earn $27,570/yr and there are 2,020 employed.
Colorado Springs lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Colorado Springs area has 246,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 8 out of every 1000 jobs in Colorado Springs are held by security guards, and 1/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 3 homeland security schools in Colorado Springs, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,587/yr) for homeland security students, with Pikes Peak Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,506/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Colorado Springs|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||36.3 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||47.3 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||49.0 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||53.4 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||70.1 miles|