Hammond, IN (population: 75,871) has thirty-four homeland security schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Saint Xavier University, the highest ranked school in this group with a homeland security program, has a total student population of 5,028. It is the 348th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Homeland Security students from Hammond 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 Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 220 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $45,210. Security guards in this area earn $33,220/yr and there are 1,620 employed.
Hammond lies in Lake county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 4 out of every 1000 jobs in Hammond are held by security guards, and 1/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 34 homeland security schools with a 100-mile radius of Hammond, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Nothwestern College comes out as the most expensive ($26,938/yr) for homeland security students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hammond|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||2.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||6.2 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||10.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||10.9 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||13.2 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||16.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||16.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||16.4 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.6 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||24.3 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||25.5 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||27.7 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||30.1 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||31.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||31.8 miles|