These Are The 10 Best Cities For Teachers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Teachers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer teachers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where teachers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for teachers.The result is this list of the best cities teachers:

  1. East Stroudsburg, PA
  2. Waterbury, CT
  3. Merced, CA
  4. Hinesville, GA
  5. Kingston, NY
  6. Redding, CA
  7. Modesto, CA
  8. Brunswick, GA
  9. Chambersburg, PA
  10. Riverside, CA

So there you have it — East Stroudsburg is the best city when it comes to being a teacher.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a teacher? That would be Asheville, NC.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for teachers and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a teachers?

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for teachers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well teachers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is in a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index.

This left us with enough data for 380 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 380 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for teachers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for teachers.

1. East Stroudsburg, PA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,170
Average Annual Salary: $68,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,810
Location Quotient: 2.13

2. Waterbury, CT

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,040
Average Annual Salary: $82,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,950
Location Quotient: 1.54

3. Merced, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $73,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,990
Location Quotient: 2.24

4. Hinesville, GA

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Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $65,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,380
Location Quotient: 2.16

5. Kingston, NY

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $89,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,250
Location Quotient: 1.32

6. Redding, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 900
Average Annual Salary: $74,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,010
Location Quotient: 1.53

7. Modesto, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,120
Average Annual Salary: $77,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,540
Location Quotient: 1.28

8. Brunswick, GA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 490
Average Annual Salary: $66,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,710
Location Quotient: 1.25

9. Chambersburg, PA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,180
Average Annual Salary: $60,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,170
Location Quotient: 2.07

10. Riverside, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,690
Average Annual Salary: $75,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,420
Location Quotient: 1.27

And that’s our list of the best cities for teachers

If you’re looking to start out your career as a teacher these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a teacher in America:

  1. Asheville
  2. Billings
  3. Wilmington

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Teachers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 East Stroudsburg, PA $68,960 $49,810 1,170
2 Waterbury, CT $82,290 $55,950 1,040
3 Merced, CA $73,510 $49,990 1,430
4 Hinesville, GA $65,070 $40,380 360
5 Kingston, NY $89,290 $53,250 770
6 Redding, CA $74,460 $50,010 900
7 Modesto, CA $77,360 $53,540 2,120
8 Brunswick, GA $66,810 $44,710 490
9 Chambersburg, PA $60,940 $44,170 1,180
10 Riverside, CA $75,950 $52,420 16,690
11 Atlantic City, NJ $70,170 $51,090 1,840
12 Clarksville, TN $58,310 $41,830 1,220
13 Akron, OH $61,330 $41,430 3,970
14 Hanford, CA $72,420 $46,740 780
15 El Centro, CA $70,630 $47,740 1,200
16 Newark, NJ $68,920 $51,480 14,680
17 Rockford, IL $76,650 $41,440 2,240
18 Bridgeport, CT $79,120 $50,840 5,140
19 Visalia, CA $68,920 $50,420 2,090
20 Yuba City, CA $70,430 $46,380 990
21 Danbury, CT $75,360 $51,810 970
22 Kankakee, IL $67,800 $43,480 570
23 McAllen, TX $54,210 $42,000 5,880
24 San Rafael, CA $71,460 $52,410 1,290
25 Ocean City, NJ $67,540 $50,800 480
26 Fresno, CA $77,310 $50,510 3,650
27 Decatur, AL $51,360 $41,500 800
28 Santa Maria, CA $74,000 $49,500 2,060
29 Santa Fe, NM $69,290 $47,700 590
30 Lima, OH $56,490 $36,610 710
31 Salinas, CA $69,740 $45,870 2,420
32 Camden, NJ $66,300 $51,160 6,040
33 Houston, TX $57,530 $43,240 34,280
34 Bremerton, WA $62,670 $45,580 910
35 Dutchess County, NY $82,380 $54,090 1,330
36 Mount Vernon, WA $62,090 $44,820 510
37 Anchorage, AK $75,190 $55,260 1,660
38 Oxnard, CA $71,670 $49,940 3,150
39 Scranton, PA $60,440 $41,430 3,120
40 Springfield, OH $56,730 $36,410 590
41 El Paso, TX $52,550 $41,770 4,640
42 Birmingham, AL $51,430 $39,900 6,740
43 Dayton, OH $59,400 $37,980 3,970
44 San Antonio, TX $53,120 $42,540 12,660
45 Killeen, TX $52,130 $40,980 2,390
46 Lebanon, PA $63,210 $43,820 480
47 Reading, PA $59,820 $40,630 2,100
48 Tacoma, WA $61,560 $44,090 3,100
49 Stockton, CA $68,140 $47,820 2,640
50 Nassau County, NY $97,800 $49,820 12,340
51 York, PA $63,260 $38,470 2,120
52 Vallejo, CA $67,970 $42,920 2,350
53 Gainesville, GA $54,470 $37,250 1,280
54 Spartanburg, SC $53,880 $36,670 2,020
55 Athens, GA $57,060 $37,830 1,040
56 Elizabethtown, KY $53,990 $40,240 490
57 Daphne, AL $49,130 $38,210 1,160
58 Hammond, LA $49,210 $41,300 840
59 Flint, MI $61,720 $36,880 1,570
60 Shreveport, LA $51,040 $41,500 2,490
61 Bakersfield, CA $63,790 $46,270 4,170
62 Rome, GA $53,300 $37,260 550
63 Brockton, MA $74,160 $48,360 820
64 Yakima, WA $57,380 $39,440 1,360
65 Philadelphia, PA $64,220 $39,530 9,060
66 Wenatchee, WA $58,700 $40,710 510
67 Columbus, GA $50,690 $39,230 1,940
68 Oakland, CA $74,440 $47,490 10,170
69 Corpus Christi, TX $56,830 $41,490 1,960
70 Brownsville, TX $48,980 $40,800 2,360
71 Montgomery, AL $49,210 $40,020 1,940
72 Anniston, AL $47,590 $37,980 730
73 Monroe, LA $48,950 $40,500 1,280
74 Atlanta, GA $54,190 $39,710 28,950
75 Huntsville, AL $51,440 $38,920 2,390
76 Augusta, GA $54,380 $36,630 3,050
77 Wilmington, DE $61,300 $40,760 4,520
78 Owensboro, KY $50,560 $37,100 500
79 Barnstable Town, MA $75,950 $50,200 930
80 Elgin, IL $63,680 $36,990 4,280
81 Dallas, TX $54,270 $41,960 24,490
82 Olympia, WA $60,360 $42,190 1,090
83 Muskegon, MI $57,400 $36,510 780
84 Fort Worth, TX $54,080 $41,850 10,120
85 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $57,450 $40,550 4,660
86 Williamsport, PA $57,810 $42,630 540
87 Jackson, MI $59,420 $35,900 730
88 Lexington, KY $54,420 $40,680 2,010
89 Cincinnati, OH $57,210 $36,220 10,070
90 Longview, WA $59,610 $40,460 390
91 Fairbanks, AK $101,190 $63,380 130
92 St. Louis, MO $57,470 $35,000 13,980
93 Lynn, MA $67,220 $43,870 630
94 Sherman, TX $48,520 $39,940 650
95 Hartford, CT $74,210 $46,390 5,620
96 Providence, RI $69,260 $44,090 4,740
97 New Haven, CT $73,600 $43,890 3,040
98 Bellingham, WA $62,800 $42,810 720
99 Trenton, NJ $67,130 $45,370 2,170
100 Anaheim, CA $76,250 $49,620 10,330

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