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Top 25 Cities for Cops

Top 25 Cities for Cops


#18. Charlotte, NC

Population: 671,588

City’s Average Salary: $41,200

Starting Salary for Police Officers: $40,245

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 36

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 125

Unemployment Rate: 11.9

Home of eight Fortune 500 companies including retail giants Lowe’s and Family Dollar, this North Carolina city offers a solid salary to cost of living ratio. However, this has also left it more vulnerable to the economic downturn, especially with the fallout at Bank of America which is also headquartered in the city. It would have scored higher on the list were it not for the drastic increase in unemployment since last year (up 6%).

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  • Gear_max50


    almost 4 years ago


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

  • Tyranny_v_liberty_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • 2005_0924skylinedrive24sept050001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    #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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Img_1425_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    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!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


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

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