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From lesson plans and student development to grading and mentoring, teaching is one of the most challenging tasks ever. And it can be financially demanding too – some teachers struggle to easily afford local housing costs, and some school districts have support from local government bodies.
However, there are some places where it is less difficult to be a teacher in this regard than others. That's why SmartAsset analyzed data from various sources to find the best U.S. subway areas for teachers.
To find the best spots for teachers, SmartAsset surveyed the 132 largest U.S. subway areas for which data was available. In particular, we compared the metro areas using the following nine metrics:
- Teachers as a percentage of the workforce. Dates are for 2019.
- Average income. This is the average teacher's income for 2019.
- Income growth. This is the percentage change in the median income of teachers from 2018 to 2019.
- Employment growth. This is the percentage change in the number of people employed as teachers from 2018 to 2019.
- Expenditures per student. The data comes from 2018 U.S. Census Bureau financial data on primary public education.
- Living costs. The data comes from the 2018 annual American community survey by the Census Bureau.
- Student-teacher ratio. The data refer to the school year 2018-2019 and come from the elementary / secondary information system published by the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Unemployment rate. Dates are for May 2020.
- Percentage of homes with internet access. The data comes from the 2018 annual American community survey by the Census Bureau.
Data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics unless otherwise noted.
To create the final score, we ranked each subway area on each metric. We determined the average ranking of each subway area and weighted each metric equally. Then we used that average ranking to create our bottom line.
The subway area with the best average ranking received a 100. The subway area with the worst average received a 0.
Below are the best metropolitan areas to become a teacher.