South Carolina Ranked One of 2019’s Worst States for Teachers

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With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor’s degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Teachers.

In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., the site analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.

South Carolina came in at number #44 (a slight improvement from last year’s #45 spot), and North Carolina saw a massive improvement, moving a full 21 spots, from #49 last year, to #28 this year.

2019’s Best States for Teachers

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Academic & Work Environment’ Rank
1 North Dakota 61.69 11 3
2 New Jersey 60.15 17 1
3 Pennsylvania 59.67 2 10
4 Wyoming 56.98 20 4
5 Connecticut 56.53 32 2
6 Illinois 55.93 6 16
7 Minnesota 55.61 14 7
8 Massachusetts 55.49 24 5
9 Utah 54.50 8 22
10 New York 54.03 25 6
11 Delaware 53.82 23 9
12 Oregon 53.37 4 34
13 Kansas 53.27 18 18
14 Kentucky 53.11 15 20
15 Washington 52.95 19 17
16 Idaho 52.72 9 28
17 Alaska 52.58 1 45
18 Iowa 52.08 12 27
19 Vermont 51.88 26 14
20 Virginia 51.62 21 25
21 Ohio 51.07 34 15
22 Maryland 51.04 29 19
23 Indiana 51.02 16 30
24 California 50.81 3 47
25 Georgia 50.65 13 35
26 Nebraska 50.48 30 24
27 South Dakota 50.42 22 26
28 North Carolina 50.25 5 43
29 Montana 50.18 31 23
30 Texas 48.90 10 44
31 Wisconsin 48.79 39 21
32 Mississippi 48.32 7 48
33 Florida 47.64 33 32
34 Rhode Island 47.48 41 12
35 Arkansas 47.46 35 33
36 Michigan 46.94 27 39
37 Nevada 46.41 36 38
38 Alabama 46.13 28 41
39 Missouri 45.92 40 31
40 Colorado 45.49 47 8
41 Tennessee 44.79 43 29
42 Maine 44.72 48 11
43 District of Columbia 43.49 42 36
44 South Carolina 42.20 38 49
45 Oklahoma 41.92 37 50
46 New Mexico 41.07 44 42
47 West Virginia 40.71 45 37
48 Louisiana 37.87 46 46
49 Hawaii 37.51 49 40
50 New Hampshire 35.47 51 13
51 Arizona 33.95 50 51

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