Boise City, ID (population: 210,099) has nine public safety schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a public safety program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Public Safety students from Boise City schools who go on to become public safety dispatchers, public safety officials, public safety managers, public safety specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 98,090 people working as police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,470. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Boise City-Nampa area alone, there are 190 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $42,420. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in this area earn $36,020/yr and there are 160 employed.
Boise City lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Boise City are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and 1/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 9 public safety schools with a 500-mile radius of Boise City, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Washington State University comes out as the most expensive ($15,311/yr) for public safety students, with Northwest College as the lowest, reported at only $4,695/yr.