Best place to teach and save money

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  1. otterpop

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    A post in another thread made me wonder:

    If one wanted to move somewhere primarily based on good salary and low cost of living, and a somewhat decent educational atmosphere, what cities would people most recommend? Are there any places out there that are affordable to live in while also paying teachers a good amount of money?

    Not necessarily thinking of moving, just curious. :cool:
     
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  3. Ms.Holyoke

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    I live in MA and the cost of living is high, but I also think that the salaries are good, especially once you get more years of experience.
     
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    I teach in a suburb of central OH and make what I consider to be a decent salary as only a 4th year teacher. Cost of living is also pretty reasonable. The drawback of my location is that most job openings have hundreds of applicants.
     
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    Looking up states to teach in, I seem to remember Wyoming. I was there once years ago. Inexpensive, fresh air, few people, and artistic landscapes. Buy some watercolors and go outdoors.
     
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    You know, this sounds quite pleasant!
     
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    My district is pretty good. Real estate prices are low, and you can get a 3 bed 2 bath house in a decent neighborhood for around $120,000. I bring home a bit over $3,000 a month. We have pretty good insurance. My husband and I are both teachers and we do ok. I'm in northern Louisiana.
     
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    Woah! I'd say that's pretty good too.

    I enjoy checking out real estate and am always blown away by the affordability of housing in some parts of the southern and the eastern US. I know it's not all cities in those areas, but there are some cheap houses in those parts of the country. I know that teachers in some of those areas probably make very little, though, also.
     
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    Holy crap, you can buy a 3 bed, 2 bath home for $120k?! What. The. Hell.

    A home going for that in Cali would be equivalent to a condemned shack with a faulty foundation... California, get it together.
     
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    I have a friend who teaches in Arlington, TX which us a suburb of Dallas. Her salary is decent, the cost of living is pretty low, and she is very happy because they don’t mircromanage her. Although she teaches high school Physics so it’s not like she has lots of IEP kids.
     
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    I’m in Kentucky and teach in a fairly large district (smaller rural districts don’t make as much). I make around $55K/year and cost of living is fairly affordable.
     
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    I’m in Kentucky.

    My area is high poverty and rural, but we are with a reasonable drive to bigger cities. The cost of living is good here. I have had my own house since I was 29. I didn’t struggle on my own. My DH and I live quite comfortably on two teacher salaries. We aren’t extravagant, I don’t think, but we pretty much buy what we want and have everything we need.

    Houses vary on my road. New construction has been between $85,000 to $125,000. The older homes range from $33,000 to close to $1,000,000. Mine is closer to average for the town in general. Mine is around 2000 square foot, 4-bedroom, 2 bath, 3-car garage, fenced yard, 1.5 acres, brick, mature trees that was valued at $146,000.

    My DSS and his SO live in Louisville, and they pay like $1600 a month rent for a 2b/1.5ba townhouse. That seems crazy to me because I’ve got friends in a townhouse here that’s identical to theirs, and the one here is $395 a month.
     
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    I'm originally from southwest OH. The COL compared to the salaries is excellent. In my hometown, you could get a decent 2-3 bedroom house in a good neighborhood for well under $100K. My parents have a 4 bedroom all brick ranch on 2 acres of land and their house is only valued at about $130K. I'm on year 9 with a Master's and I would make about $65,000 if I still lived there and taught in the district I grew up in.

    Like a pp said, the problem is of course with that set up, a whole lot more people want to be teachers. When I graduated, there were literally thousands of people applying for a single position. My dad is also a teacher and at the time his district was literally getting up to 6,000 applicants for each position. You may as well be trying to win the lottery. The process to get a job in his district is 5-6 interviews and takes several months. Basically they can afford to be picky and do whatever they want. I know things are better than that now, but still not great by any means.

    I knew going into college that I'd have to move if I wanted to teach. The unfortunate part is that I guess I was too naive to realize that the places with better job markets also have worse conditions. I'm now in CO. I make significantly less than the salary I would have made back in OH, and the COL is astronomically higher. A tiny 600-800 sq. ft. condo, in a shared building with neighbors above and/or below you, runs at least 300K. Single family homes are drastically out of reach for any teacher unless they are blessed with a wealthy spouse. Groceries, entertainment, restaurants/food, etc. is all more expensive too.

    Besides that, poorly funded schools are also much more difficult to work in. Class sizes are much bigger, there are less resources (both physical materials and people), and far less supports for students who need them. In the schools I did field experiences and student teaching in back in OH, it was very common to have one special ed teacher and at least one title 1 teacher (if the school was title 1) per grade level. Here, it's extremely common for large schools to only have one of each, and counselors and school psychs are often split between multiple buildings. My first district was 23 schools and had 3 psychs for the entire district.

    Lately I've been really regretting that I didn't move back after my first couple of years of teaching- in that sweet spot when I would have had a few years of experience on my resume, but wouldn't be too expensive to hire. With the experience and education level I have now, there's no way I would have any chance, plus moving states messes with your retirement.
     
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    SW Ohio is desperate for intervention specialists. My district can bring you in with up to 10 years experience. Come home!
     
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    Central Valley California. 6th year teacher with Masters, my rent is 27% of my take home paycheck, and this is for a 3 bed / 2 bath, 2 car garage, big backyard, house, decent area, 10 minutes from school. Not a bad deal. Decent paycheck, low cost of living.
    One could actually find $100-200 cheaper month rent (house, not even apartment)
     
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