Teachers are needed all across the U.S., so no matter what part of the country you find yourself in there are likely many opportunities available. But when it comes to committing to a city in which to begin your teaching career, you should probably look for more than just an open position. As most teachers work more than 40 hours a week, it's important to enjoy both the school you are working at as well as the district. Receiving an adequate salary is also important. When looking for a teaching job, location is another thing to consider. Since you will likely be free to enjoy scheduled winter, spring and summer breaks, you want to pick a city that has a good quality of life, dynamic culture and plenty of opportunities for entertainment and recreation. Here are some of the best U.S. cities to consider for teaching jobs.
Sin City might not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for a job as an elementary or middle school teacher, but it has much to offer education job seekers. Well known for its unique arts and entertainment culture, this city is also home to many residential communities, continuous economic development and rising job growth. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes, cost of living is only slightly above the national average and for the most part, crime rates are well below the national average. Most important, teachers are in high demand within Las Vegas' Clark County School District, as it is the fifth largest in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, within the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan statistical area the mean annual salary of elementary school teachers is $48,430 while middle school teachers earn $48,600.
Dallas is an ideal place for educators to jump-start their careers. Dallas ISD is the 14th largest school district in the United States, and is well known for academic accomplishments with its schools, teachers and students winning several national awards and recognitions. As it is the ninth biggest city in the country, there are plenty of restaurants, shopping areas and entertainment venues to keep teachers occupied after school lets out. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers within the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan statistical area earned mean annual salaries ranging from $49,210 to $56,160, which are within or above the national median annual wages for teachers.
With its low cost of living, thriving economy, beautiful scenery and many cultural attractions, this southwestern city is a great place to call home. And with teachers in New Mexico making more than their counterparts in most other states, Albuquerque is an especially great location for those in the field of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers within the Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area earned mean annual salaries ranging from $47,670 to $58,820.
Not just a great place for yearly vacations to ski, Denver is also an attractive city to begin a career in with a low employment rate and continuous job growth. With 161 campuses, Denver Public Schools is a sound district with a reported starting teacher salary of $37,551 and an average teacher salary of $52,845 in the 2010-2011 school year. The Mile High City offers a low cost of living and various outdoor attractions and recreation activities.
This capital of North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and has a fairly low income to cost of living ratio. Employing about 900 new teachers each year, Raleigh's Wake County Public School System is a favorable place to seek work as new employees are provided with mentoring and other benefits. Teachers in the Raleigh-Cary area earned mean annual salaries ranging from $42,210 to $46,310, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.