Study ranks Youngstown metro area as best place to teach

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman ranked #1 out of 140 metro areas, according to the SmartAsset study

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new study ranked the Youngstown metro area as the best place in the country for teachers.

The SmartAsset study claims teachers in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area make an annual salary of $57,909. It adds that housing-related expenses are only an average of $644 a month, according to the study.

SmartAsset also says high schools in the area have an average graduation rate of 88 percent and students have access to nearby universities, including Youngstown State and Kent State Salem.

In the study, Akron ranked right behind the Youngstown area at #2 and Pittsburgh ranked as #3. The Canton metro area and Dayton also ranked in the top ten.

Pennsylvania was found to be one of the best states for teachers, with four of the top ten areas located in the state.

SmartAsset based their analysis on graduation rates, housing costs, crime rates and average math and reading proficiency rates. A “good place to teach” was classified as an area with a low cost of living, strong teacher unions and schools that provide a quality education.

Researchers compared 140 of the largest metro areas in the country.

To view the full study, visit SmartAsset’s website.

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