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These are the 50 most attractive U.S. cities for teachers to pursue their careers in

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The City of Hanford, Calif. is the best city in the United States to work for teachers, that’s according to AdvisorSmith. Hanford beat other California cities like Bakersfield, El Centro, Merced, Visalia, Modesto, Madera, and Yuba City. Teachers in Hanford earn on average $80,330 per year, 56% higher than the national average of $51,418.

The study looked at 380 cities throughout America to determine the most attractive cities for teachers to pursue their careers in, based on the cost of living, salaries, and job openings. There are over 500,000 preschool teachers, 1.6 million kindergarten teachers, 600,000 elementary school teachers, and over 1.1 million high school teachers in America, as recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The study looked at cost of living, salaries, and job openings for teachers in 380 cities across America. The average salary of a teacher is $51,418. Grand Island, NE ranked highest among the small cities (population under 150,000) surveyed. The City of Hanford in California was also named the best midsize city (population of 150,000-500,000) in the country to teach at it.

El Paso was ranked the best large city (population of at least 500,000) and 7th best U.S. city overall for teachers.

Top 50 cities for teachers in the United States

RankCityCity SizeAverage Annual Salary (USD)Total JobsLocation QuotientCost of Living
1Hanford, CAMidsize8033015802.0799
2Grand Island, NESmall6982612801.1688
3Laredo, TXMidsize6281841202.0185
4Las Cruces, NMMidsize6454323401.6990
5El Centro, CAMidsize6982322301.97100
6Kingston, NYMidsize7460418401.33102
7El Paso, TXLarge60596101301.2883
8Hinesville, GASmall553204102.3584
9New Bedford, MASmall7563021001.43107
10Muskegon, MIMidsize5861214700.8780
11Bakersfield, CALarge7270592301.28103
12McAllen, TXLarge51458137901.7977
13Vineland, NJMidsize6712520701.3997
14Brownsville, TXMidsize5047267301.9577
15Buffalo, NYLarge6104214180186
16Rome, GASmall601506101.6791
17Merced, CAMidsize6733023301.72103
18Johnstown, PASmall5599316301.5184
19East Stroudsburg, PAMidsize6235322501.7796
20Sherman, TXSmall5557815601.4483
21Visalia, CAMidsize6678538801.2799
22Waterbury, CTSmall6437628601.71100
23Dalton, GASmall585005500.8784
24Youngstown, OHLarge5103568801.2676
25Leominster, MASmall7455517001.35112
26Binghamton, NYMidsize5888227901.0887
27Amarillo, TXMidsize5671727801.184
28Bloomington, ILMidsize6212823001.0192
29Utica, NYMidsize6004632200.9889
30Brunswick, GASmall6234313101.3596
31Glens Falls, NYSmall6288218301.2596
32Decatur, ALMidsize5070010502.0584
33Syracuse, NYLarge6033078100.9990
34Rochester, NYLarge60904154701.2293
35Modesto, CALarge7721346401.04116
36Corpus Christi, TXMidsize5714847301.0586
37Yuba City, CAMidsize6584018002.4114
38Madera, CAMidsize6474714701.68104
39Augusta, GALarge5482261201.0683
40Toledo, OHLarge5511282601.1284
41Dayton, OHLarge5493899101.0784
42Chambersburg, PAMidsize6200016701.4399
43Clarksville, TNMidsize6045016900.8291
44Allentown, PALarge64028105801.19100
45Florence, ALSmall5066515401.6683
46Flint, MIMidsize5376835000.9282
47Danbury, CTSmall7916822601.23125
48Battle Creek, MISmall5437011900.8983
49Pittsburgh, PALarge60030264300.8191
50Janesville, WIMidsize5470316701.5690

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