Independence, MO (population: 110,030) has two software engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kansas City Kansas Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a software engineering program, has a total student population of 7,137. It is the 5071st highest ranked school in the USA and the 71st highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Software Engineering students from Independence schools who go on to become software engineers, software developers, game software developers, computer software engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 385,200 people working as computer software engineers, systems software alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $96,620. 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 4,380 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $73,760. Computer software engineers, systems software in this area earn $77,500/yr and there are 4,390 employed.
Independence lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.440 out of every 1000 jobs in Independence are held by computer software engineers, systems software, and 4.437/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 2 software engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Independence, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kansas City Kansas Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,820/yr) for software engineering students, with Johnson County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Independence|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||6.5 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||10.9 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||11.7 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||12.1 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||52.7 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||88.6 miles|