Colorado Springs, CO (population: 388,306) has seven travel and tourism schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a travel and tourism program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona.
Travel and Tourism students from Colorado Springs schools who go on to become travel agents, tourism agents, tourism specialists, tour guides, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,990 people working as travel agents alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $32,450. Also, Travel guides make on average $33,300 per year and there are about 4,270 of them employed in the US today.
Colorado Springs lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Colorado Springs area has 246,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,790 average annual salary.
Of the 7 travel and tourism schools with a 500-mile radius of Colorado Springs, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,457/yr) for travel and tourism students, with Northwest College as the lowest, reported at only $4,695/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Colorado Springs|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||36.3 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||47.3 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||49.0 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||53.4 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||70.1 miles|