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Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink

May 13, 2011

#9. Denver, CO

Population: 588,349

Average Salary: $45,610

Firefighter Salary: $49,000

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 47

Average Commute Time: 22.6 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 113

Unemployment Rate: 7.9

Bring your SCBA tanks because Denver, aka the “Mile High City,” is nestled in the heights of the Rocky Mountains. Besides firefighting, the city boasts employment in air transportation, telecommunications, aerospace and manufacturing, Denver is a major energy research center and the regional headquarters for government agencies. Its bustling downtown financial district is also considered the “Wall Street of the Rockies,” housing both major national and international banks. And that’s not all — Denver is 346 miles west of the exact geographic center of the country, placing it in a great spot for future economic development and growth.

Bonus fun fact: Denver is the only city ever to turn down the Olympics.

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