Valparaiso, IN has thirty-three 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 Valparaiso 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 Gary Metropolitan area alone, there are 300 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $28,410. Security guards in this area earn $25,860/yr and there are 2,660 employed.
Valparaiso lies in Porter county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Gary Metropolitan area has 266,280 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $18.71/hr average worker wage, and a $38,920 average annual salary. Thus, about 9.998 out of every 1000 jobs in Valparaiso are held by security guards, and 1.116/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 33 homeland security schools with a 100-mile radius of Valparaiso, only 10 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 Valparaiso|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||18.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||26.2 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||29.6 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||29.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||32.3 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||34.5 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||36.5 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||38.8 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||40.4 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||41.9 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||43.4 miles|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||45.3 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||47.4 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||48.7 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||50.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||54.5 miles|