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Top 25 Cities for Cops

Top 25 Cities for Cops

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#1. Austin, TX

Population: 743,07

City’s Average Salary: $41,330


Starting Salary for Police Officers: $52,374

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 51

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 6

Unemployment Rate: 7.1

Austin tops the list for the second straight year because of its excellent mix of high average salary and reasonable cost of living. The city has bucked the unemployment epidemic, maintaining a level several percentage points below the national average, and boasts a strong economy because it’s role as host to The University of Texas.

Austin continues to grow because of its high-tech entrepreneurism and role as a major cultural center, keeping them at the front of the pack for next year’s ranking of the best cities for police officers!

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Resources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Census Bureau City-Data.com Wikipedia






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    brandan86

    over 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    Im glad San Antonio made number 2. I am in the process of getting into the academy here.

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    loaded_dice

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    Thank God Chicago wasn't on the list. After 30 + years (retired in 2003) those who are left are in a terrible way. Led by a coward who runs away from gunfire leaving his troops in the lurch, and morale in the toilette this is not a place to go for a LEO career.

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    ditty96

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    #10 Salt lake city police department is a decent department, but they haven't hired anyone new in a long time, plus the police chief is a total idiot, and a lot of the officers in the dept. wish he would pack his bags and leave.

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    insp

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Just retired from San Francisco Police Department after 31 years, still good pay, alot of places to transfer too, was a great place to work, but need some changes. Working part time for South Lake Tahoe PD, Great place to work, good people, good equipment, geat views.

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    cygnusx1

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Can't believe Portland is #8. I work in corrections and I wouldn't be a cop in this city for anything. The cops have no support from the police chief or police commissioner. The police commissioner is a city council member and a complete idiot, in my opinion. The cops every move is scrutinized and that hack Jesse Jackson even came here to chastise the cops. Unbelievable.

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    kra2829

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Arlington and Alexandria are great places to work. I just retired from the DC Police Department with over 28 years of service. Morale there is at an all time low and the Mayor has proposed NO PAY RAISE for seven years! Members of the Department are looking forward to the fall elections and the chance of the Mayor losing and the Chief of Police being replaced. My recommendation - go anywhere but DC.

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    TGOOS566

    over 4 years ago

    218 Comments

    after I complete the academy here in louisiana, i'm thinking of spending my first year then trying to go back home to arizona and get on with my home sheriff's dept. their not even in the top 25, but i know its a good dept, sheriff clarence dupnik has been there for over 20 years.

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    anglfa

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Fort Wayne In. Pop 250,000 Starting Salary $49,000.00 Take home cars. Cost of living very low.Unemployment 9%. Officers killed in the line of duty since 1926 TWO!!

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    superdave1987

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Looks like a list of larger cities not the best place to work. Huntsville Alabama has a starting salary of 36,712. with a much smaller population. We have good equipment and take home cars.

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    harris7877

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    starting salary is 41,690. 42,890 with a degree

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