Fort Worth, TX (population: 751,149) has five software schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Dallas, the highest ranked school in this group with a software program, has a total student population of 15,783. It is the 153rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Software students from Fort Worth schools who go on to become software developers, 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 Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,600 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $76,080. Computer software engineers, systems software in this area earn $95,670/yr and there are 5,200 employed.
Fort Worth lies in Tarrant county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area has 856,430 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.78/hr average worker wage, and a $41,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.074 out of every 1000 jobs in Fort Worth are held by computer software engineers, systems software, and 3.036/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 5 software schools with a 100-mile radius of Fort Worth, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Methodist University comes out as the most expensive ($28,682/yr) for software students, with The University of Texas at Dallas as the lowest, reported at only $12,297/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Worth|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||2.0 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||10.3 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||19.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.2 miles|