Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

Prescott Unified School District has been ranked by a national educational magazine as one of the top 100 cities where teachers want to live.

Despite the state earning the lowest ranking on teacher salaries in the nation, Prescott is the one city in Arizona reported by Education Week. It is the 82nd most desirable place in the nation for a teacher to reside. The data analysis collected by GoodCall takes into account such things as crime, demographics, educational backgrounds of residents, and natural amenities.

Prescott was just one of 10 cities in the West to be highlighted.

Arizona’s average salary is about $40,000 annually versus $54,340 nationwide. In Prescott, the median salary is about $39,750 with a range of between $34,700 and $45,891, according to state salary reports.

District Superintendent Joe Howard shared the news with the Governing Board at its meeting on Tuesday night.

“We’re very excited about that because we want people to know that Prescott is a good place to teach,” Howard said.

Prescott teachers repeatedly say the city is where they wish to work because the district leadership supports, encourages and appreciates them and parents and community member’s alike value and support public education. Northern Arizona is also a beautiful setting in which to live, work and recreate, they said.

The state of Illinois was a particular favorite in the survey, with five cities in the top 10 places for teachers to live. At the top of the list was Bentonville, Arkansas.

On a salary basis, Las Cruces, New Mexico, got the nod as the median teacher salary is $69,727 versus the city’s general median salary of just under $30,000.

On salary alone, the highest teacher salaries in the nation are in Alaska — $77,843, but the city with the most affordable housing options based on average teacher salaries is Dayton, Ohio, where the average teacher salary is $45,263.