Omaha ranked 4th best place to be a teacher

(MGN Online)

Omaha and Council Bluffs are among the best places to be a teacher, according to recent research by SmartAsset.

It says teachers’ incomes in Omaha and Council Bluffs rose 16 percent from 2014 to 2016.

The number of teaching jobs around the metro also grew around 5 percent, which is a good indicator of future job growth.

With this, Omaha and Council Bluffs have a student proficiency rate of 75 percent in combined average math and English language arts scores, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2014-2015 school year.

According to SmartAsset, the top ten places to be a teacher are:

  1. Akron, Ohio
  2. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  3. New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey
  4. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska-Iowa
  5. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania
  6. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  8. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas
  9. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  10. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California

The ranking listed Lincoln, Nebraska, as the 22nd best place to be a teacher.

SmartAsset analyzed nine categories in order to compile the list.

Those categories are average incomes, income growth, employment growth, spending per student, union strength, housing costs, high school graduation rate, proficiency rates in math and English and violent crime rates.

SmartAsset's 2016 ranking did not list Omaha in the top 25 places to be a teacher. However, in 2016, Lincoln ranked seventh.

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