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Top 10 Cities for Teachers

Posted on May 27th, 2014 in Education, General Interest, Teachers | 14 Comments »

Teachers have the challenging but rewarding task of teaching tomorrow’s leaders. Besides working in a dynamic environment, teachers have the opportunity to shape lives. The more tangible rewards that come with teaching, including job security, a good salary and an interesting social life, often depend on location. Some cities and states have more to offer than others, so if you don’t have ties to a specific school or location, then it pays to look around.

To help you get started, here is Teaching Community’s list of the best places to teach in the United States.

10. Honolulu, Hawaii

The National Education Association (NES) ranks Hawaii second among all states for starting teacher salary ($43,157) — only New Jersey pays new teachers more. There’s no denying that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful states, which is probably why Honolulu’s unemployment rate remains low. The cost of living can be challenging, but average commute times are short and the beach is nearby for after-school fun. Find out more about how to become a teacher in Hawaii.

9. Denver, Colorado

Nicknamed the ‘Mile High City’ because of its elevated location at the base of the Rocky Mountains, this scenic state capital offers residents a strong economy, mild climate, and diverse neighborhoods, as well as a wide range of cultural events and recreational activities. The Denver Public School System serves about 73,000 students and employs more than 13,000 teachers and staff members. Visit Become a Teacher in Colorado to learn about teacher certification in the state.

8. Portland, Oregon

Portland consistently shows up on lists of best places to live in the West. This bicycle-friendly city is home to more than 1,200 tech companies, including computer chip maker Intel, and to Powell’s City of Books, which claims to be the world’s largest independent bookstore. Portland has seen steady growth in the education sector in the past few years, which is another reason to consider it for a teaching career. Read the requirements for teaching in Portland at Become a Teacher in Oregon.

7. Rochester, New York

Teachers in New York state receive some of the highest salaries in the nation. Rochester, which is the third largest city in the state (behind New York City and Buffalo), has several Fortune 1000 companies among its biggest employers. The city also has a relatively low cost of living and the least expensive real estate prices of any major city in New York. If you’re considering a teaching career in Rochester, visit Become a Teacher in New York.

6. Seattle, Washington

Some of the most prominent corporations in America are headquartered in Seattle, including Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks. Located on Puget Sound and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Seattle is one of the most scenic locations in the United States. It’s also one of the most vibrant, with a thriving arts scene, renowned dining and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. With more than 43,000 students in 97 schools and an average teacher salary above $70,000, Seattle might be the perfect place for you to teach. Find out more at Become a Teacher in Washington.

5. Raleigh, North Carolina

The Raleigh metropolitan region is one of the nation’s fastest growing areas and has been ranked as the “Best City to Live” and the “Best Place for Business and Careers” by Forbes. According to Monster’s Teaching Community, North Carolina has been a popular destination for teachers for the past decade. Think you might be interested in relocating to the City of Oaks? Visit Become a Teacher in North Carolina.

4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The capital of a state that actively supports quality education, Oklahoma City has recently experienced employment increases in mining, construction and energy exploration. The city offers a busy nightlife scene and a variety of cultural venues as well as rodeos and historic sites that pay tribute to the area’s Western heritage. Click here to learn more about how to become a teacher in Oklahoma.

3. Salt Lake City, Utah

If you want to live in a city that feels more like a small town, consider teaching in Salt Lake City. This family-friendly city attracts entrepreneurs and lovers of the outdoors, and unemployment is below the national average. Sound good to you? Then check out Become a Teacher in Utah.

2. San Antonio, Texas

As the second largest city in Texas, San Antonio has job opportunities in health care, manufacturing and service as well as education. Tourism also plays an important role in the city’s economy. Whether you live in the center of the city or in an outlying rural area, you’ll find good schools that are looking for teachers. The first step is finding out about Texas teacher certification at Become a Teacher in Texas.

1. Austin, Texas

At the top of the list of best cities to teach is Austin, the capital of Texas and home to the largest university in the country. Austin is a technology hub that boasts a thriving local music scene. Forbes named Austin, Texas the “Best City for Job Growth” and the fastest-growing city in America. Teaching opportunities are available within the Austin Independent School District, which employs nearly 6,000 teachers on 128 school campuses. If you’re thinking about teaching in Austin, visit Become a Teacher in Texas.

As you can see, there are many location options for teachers looking for a change of scenery. If you’re considering a career in teaching, our guide to How to Become a Teacher is a great place to start.

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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!!

  • Erin

    You should rethink Raleigh, NC. I moved here from PA 12 years ago to teach. Sadly my pay is what most states start their teachers at, even with a master’s degree. When I moved here the pay was comparable, but unfortunately after several pay freezes and constant state budget battles (including this year’s favorite…giving up tenure to get raises or giving raises, but taking away TA support) I am considering moving north again. It is northern flight for many teachers and others are escaping to private schools or charter schools. It’s a very sad state of affairs right now in NC and it has become clear they do not value their educators. I would look elsewhere for a teaching job.

  • teacher

    Is this for real!?! Honolulu HI starting salary at $43K!?! I’ve been teaching here 8 years and my salary has just topped $43K before taxes. The cost of living is huge here, second only to Manhattan, and seriously, traffic is awful. Not everyone is near a beach..What do you think you leave work and head to the shore to surf.. yea right..

  • Ashley

    As a teacher in NC, I would say AVOID AT ALL COSTS! The pay is terrible, no resources, you’re expected to work long hours – I have no lunch break as I have to supervise the children, I have to take them to recess (and supervise), AND during student resource time, I have to attend planning meetings. I don’t know how it’s not a violation of labor laws.

  • Jlambg14

    Don’t go to FL, they work us half to death then ask for more with very little pay! We are testing students more than teaching which is so aggravating. We are also required to have ESOL and Spec. Ed certifications to keep our jobs…I’m leaving at the end of this year!