Highlands Ranch, CO (population: 129,817) 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 Highlands Ranch 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 Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 3,260 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $83,040. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $77,740/yr and there are 6,130 employed.
Highlands Ranch lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Highlands Ranch are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 3/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 19 MSN schools with a 100-mile radius of Highlands Ranch, only 7 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 Arapahoe Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,279/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Highlands Ranch|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||4.1 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||4.8 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||13.4 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||22.8 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||49.0 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||70.1 miles|