You want to find the best possible school for your kid and a lot of that comes down to finding the best teachers, which can be challenging when you realize how much that job sucks. According to a study from the Economic Policy Institute, teachers made 17 percent less than comparable college educated professionals in 2015, and most of those people didn’t have to deal with boogers, math, and other parents. It’s a dirty job that somebody has got to do, but the last thing you want to do is live somewhere that treats teachers badly on top of everything else. That’s why SmartAsset’s ranking of the best places to teach functions as your list of places to find a teacher — since you don’t want to do their job yourself.
The financial advice platform looked at 140 of the largest U.S. metro areas and ranked them using 7 metrics including average high school graduation rates, housing costs, crime rates and average math and reading proficiency rates. If you live in Pennsylvania, you’re likely in good shape because the state has one of the strongest unions in the country, and 4 out of the top 10 metro areas for teachers are located in that state. Florida, on the other hand, had higher housing costs on top of lower ranking teacher salaries, plus 2 kinds of crocs (shoe and animal) — both which will distract from your kids education.
What it all comes down to is finding a state that matches compensation with the local cost of living. The Youngstown metro area ranks number one because the average public school teacher brings in about $57,909 annually, while the monthly cost of housing is only $644. It’s no coincidence that high schools in that area also have a graduation rate of 88 percent. Their teachers can afford to like their jobs, do them well, and not steal your kid’s lunch money in the process, and that’s not asking for much.
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