Boulder, CO (population: 95,721) has nineteen MSN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Regis University, the highest ranked school in this group with a MSN program, has a total student population of 10,874. It is the 279th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
MSN students from Boulder schools who go on to become computer engineers, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, computer programmers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 338,890 people working as network and computer systems administrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,930. Also, Computer programmers make on average $74,690 per year and there are about 367,880 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Boulder area alone, there are 960 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $93,520. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $81,510/yr and there are 820 employed.
Boulder lies in Boulder county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Boulder area has 156,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $53,640 average annual salary. Thus, about 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Boulder are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 6/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 19 MSN schools with a 100-mile radius of Boulder, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College comes out as the most expensive ($41,227/yr) for MSN students, with Laramie County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boulder|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||23.0 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||32.7 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||36.4 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||37.9 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||39.0 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||49.7 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||85.1 miles|