These Are The 10 Cities With The Highest Demand For Teachers

By Chris Kolmar - Jan. 8, 2018

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Cities With Most Demand For Teachers

As we begin the second half of the school year, we wanted to paint a picture of the state of the public school system in America.

There are reports from many states that teaching vacancies are on the rise, as teachers are quitting mid year, or simply not showing up to work.

For instance, Arizona has more than 2,000 teaching positions it can’t fill across its 666 districts.

In New Mexico, nearly 3% of teaching positions aren’t filled, a 60% increase from last year alone.

Which major American cities are struggling the worst to fill teaching vacancies? We looked at which cities had the most teaching positions listed, per 10,000 residents.

Summary of Findings:

  • Las Vegas, NV currently has the most teaching job ads posted per capita with 7.16 for every 10,000 people that live there. That’s almost 10x the average for the cities we analyzed.
  • There doesn’t seem to be any major geographic relationship — major cities all across the country have open job requests for teachers.
  • East Los Angeles currently has the fewest job postings for teachers per 10,000 residents with 1 for its community of 124,191 people.
  • There are currently 6,558 job openings with teacher in the title for these 301 cities which is .724 on a per 10,000 resident basis.

Note On Methodology

In order to compile this ranking, we looked at open job postings on Zippia with “teacher” in the title for cities with over 100,000 people on January 8, 2018.

That left us with 301 cities to analyze.

We then divided the number of job requests by the the population and multiplied by 10,000 to get it on a 10,000 person basis. Note that this transformation is done purely for aesthetic reasons — the cities have the same rank on a purely per capita basis.

Population data comes from the just released 2012-2016 American Community Survey.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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