Ponca City, OK has twenty-two homeland security schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Oklahoma City University, the highest ranked school in this group with a homeland security program, has a total student population of 3,829. It is the 310th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Oklahoma.
Homeland Security students from Ponca City 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 Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 200 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $23,900. Security guards in this area earn $23,140/yr and there are 530 employed.
Ponca City lies in Kay county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area has 122,310 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $15.68/hr average worker wage, and a $32,610 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.348 out of every 1000 jobs in Ponca City are held by security guards, and 1.657/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 22 homeland security schools with a 100-mile radius of Ponca City, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Oklahoma City Campus comes out as the most expensive ($23,972/yr) for homeland security students, with Redlands Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,100/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ponca City|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||24.7 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||77.8 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||87.7 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||88.8 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||94.7 miles|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||95.5 miles|