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Top 10 Cities for Young Teachers

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 in Education, General Interest, Teachers | 10 Comments »

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With teaching jobs on the rise in many states, it’s often difficult to decide where you want to teach. But fear not, we’re here to help. This list of ten cities, small and large, North and South, coastal and inland, should help you in your search to find the right place to start your teaching career.

The list combines factors that would be important to any young adult beginning a career in teaching. We took many variables into account during this search including good cities for singles, low unemployment, job growth, living costs, proximity to fun activities, good school systems, average teacher salary, and low crime rates. What we came up with was a list that includes three college towns, two of the largest cities in the country, and a few of the fastest growing areas in the country. The cities come from nine different states (well, technically eight) and span an area that stretches from Rhode Island to New Mexico.

So without further adieu…

10. Denver, Colorado.

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With a bustling nightlife and enviable proximity to some of the country’s best ski resorts, the Mile High City has many attractions that make it a popular destination for young teachers. Colorado teachers make 114% the average state salary and receive 15 weeks of vacation a year where you can enjoy all the outdoor attractions within driving distance of Denver.

Denver was ranked the #11 city for singles and the #14 city for businesses and careers by Forbes Magazine.

9. Boise, Idaho.

Sure, it’s a little off the beaten path if you’re from the East Coast but Boise promises to be a great starting place for anyone interested in pursuing a teaching career. Boise was recently ranked the #4 best city to work, live and play by Kiplinger.com, a top 10 best place to live by US News & World Report, and the #9 best city for businesses and careers by Forbes Magazine.

Add to the list, the fact that teachers in Idaho make a remarkable 152% of the average state salary and it’s no wonder why Boise is such an attractive location for young teachers.

8. Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Location of the historic, Thomas Jefferson-designed University of Virginia, Charlottesville is one of the most idyllic cities in the United States. Charlottesville was recently listed as the #4 best city to live in by Kiplinger.com. Charlottesville merges colonial history with a hip college town like few other places in the country.

Adding to the allure of living in Charlottesville, teachers in Virginia make 134% the average state salary. And since you live in a college town, there will be plenty of young adults for you to meet if you are from out of state.

7. Madison, Wisconsin.

Home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 3.4%. Since it is a college town, there are plenty of young adults for you to mingle with. Madison was recently rated the #1 city for job growth by Forbes Magazine and the #7 best city to live in by Kiplinger.com.

On average, Wisconsin teachers make 134% the average state salary so you will be able to take full advantage of all the great recreational activities available at your doorstep in Madison. Whether you spend your weekends at a packed Camp Randall Stadium watching a Wisconsin football game or hiking in the outdoors, Madison will be an exciting place to begin your teaching career.

6. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Long viewed as an afterthought in any ranking of the top cities in the United States, Albuquerque has emerged in recent years as a desirable place for young adults to live. Albuquerque was recently ranked the #2 best city by Kiplinger.com, the #11 best city for Businesses and Careers by Forbes Magazine, and a top 10 best place to live by U.S. News & World Report.

Teachers in New Mexico make 147% the average state salary; one of the largest figures in the United States. In addition, Albuquerque combines fitness and cultural activities with beautiful scenery to create an environment that will excite any young adult.

5. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A perennial contender in rankings of the nation’s top cities, Minneapolis is not surprisingly a great city for prospective young teachers. Minneapolis is listed as the #3 best city for singles (tied with Dallas), the #3 best city for couples, and the #1 most affordable place to live well by AOL. Minneapolis is also home to professional sports teams in all four major sports.

Teachers in Minnesota make 119% the average state salary and have only a two-year wait to receive tenure.

4. Raleigh, North Carolina.

A surprise entrant on the list, Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Raleigh was ranked the #1 Best Place for Businesses and Careers by Forbes Magazine and the #2 Best City to Live, Work and Play by Kiplinger.com. Thanks in large part to a bustling downtown, Raleigh citizens have experienced an income growth of 10.3% in the past decade and the city is home to two of the top 100 public high schools I the country (#34 Raleigh Charter, #83 Enloe).

Teachers in North Carolina receive an average salary that is 121% of the state average.

3. Austin, Texas.

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The first college town to be featured on the list, Austin has a number of features that make it an exciting place to live for young teachers. Austin has been rated the #4 best place to live, work and play by Kiplinger.com, the #14 city for singles, the #5 best city for couples and a top 10 place to live by US News & World Report. Home to the largest university in the country and also the state capitol, 77.7% of the city is less than 50 years old making Austin an exciting place for any young adult to begin their career.
Austin is home to three of the top 100 public high schools in the country (#36 Liberal Arts and Science Academy, #73 Westlake and #89 Westwood). Austin has experienced 12.2% income growth since 2000 and a cost-of-living index that is below the national average.

Austin’s selection as the third best place to be a young teacher highlights a few key trends on this list. One is the disproportionate number of college towns on the list. For a young teacher, working in a college town provides access to a large twenty-something-aged population as well as the sporting and cultural events typical of any university campus. Also, with one of the biggest teaching shortages in the country, Texas is the only state with multiple cities on this list.

2. Washington, D.C.

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More often thought of as the political center of the United States, the nation’s capital is looking to add up to 30,000 jobs in education in 2009. Washington was ranked as the #2 city for job growth by Forbes Magazine and the #5 city for singles. And since you’re living in the nation’s capital, there will never be a shortage of things to talk about.

The average elementary school teacher in Washington receives an average annual salary north of $55,000 and the average secondary school teacher receives a salary in excess of $48,000.

And the best city in the country for young teachers…

1. Dallas, Texas.

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One of the largest cities in the country, Dallas is also home to three of the nation’s highest-achieving public schools as ranked by Newsweek Magazine (#1 Talented and Gifted, #2 Science/Engineering Magnet, #23 Highland Park). Dallas is ranked as the #1 city for young couples, the #3 city for singles, the #10 city for job growth, has professional teams in the four major sports, and a thriving downtown. Dallas has a Cowboys swagger with Latin flavor. Basically, what’s not to like?

Teachers in Texas receive an average salary that is 121% the state average and with teaching shortages in every subject across the state, you should have little difficulty finding a job. All these things together make Dallas, Texas CertificationMap.com’s pick for America’s number 1 city for young teachers to live.

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  • Work Method Statement

    Wow its nice after reading it I am happy because I think I can become a good teacher thank you. :)

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  • Kristen

    Texas is no the place to be a teacher. I live in Austin, and teachers are having an extremely difficult time finding work because of the education budget cuts that took place in 2011. I realize this data is from 2009, but times have changed and this data is now very inaccurate.

  • http://twitter.com/reversengineer R. Reid Thomas

    This is a horribly inaccurate article. I live in Texas. 100 resumes and applications sent, 1 interview, 0 jobs. Thanks Rick Perry

  • Allanonomously

    Yeah seriously, why? I know a few teachers who really like it there, I may be a little biased, since I come from there, but it is a nice place to live and schools are good. Although I don’t know how accurate this list is I know DC is a good place

  • Tottallyawsome

    Wow thats better than over here in Michigan. 2,000 resumes and 1 job….

  • Tj

    Hello! Is there a place I could find more…accurate information? This post is from three years ago. I’m just doing some research on which career to choose. Thank you!

  • Terrburks85

    wherd You Get your info?

  • Retired4u

    As a retired teacher from North Carolina I suggest look elsewhere
    Teachers are held in low esteem–You are demanded to work many hours with low pay!!