Teachers play an important role in shaping the minds of kids. Over the past year and a half, their jobs because extremely difficult because of the pandemic. Can you imagine teaching little kids online? We can't imagine it's even close to being an easy task. Teachers were teaching kids online and in a hybrid version of online and in-person. They have been doing everything possible to make sure kids are getting the great education they need.

We love our Quad Cities' teachers and we thank them for their hard work. But teaching in some states is better than in others. A study has come over revealing 2021's best and worst states for teachers and one state in the Quad Cities is better for teachers than the other.

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Our friends at WalletHub have come out with their list of 2021's Best and Worst States for Teachers. To find out which states are better than others for our educators, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions:

  1. Opportunity & Competition
  2. Academic & Work Environment

Because competitive salaries and job security are integral to a well-balanced personal and professional life, WalletHub assigned a heavier weight to the first category.

They evaluated two dimensions using 24 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for living and working as a teacher. After a bunch of math and determining each state's and the District’s weighted average across all metrics, WalletHub calculated their overall scores and ranked each state and Washington D.C. to see which states are the best for teachers.

This is WalletHub's 2021's Best and Worst States for Teachers:

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub found that New York is the best state for teachers. New York ranked 3rd in Opportunity & Competition and Academic & Work Environment and had an overall score of 60.86.

New Hampshire was found to be the worst state for teachers. New Hampshire ranked 51st in Opportunity & Competition and 8th in Academic & Work Environment and had an overall score of 

How did Iowa and Illinois do? Illinois landed in the top 10 on this list. Illinois ranked as the 9th best state for teachers. Illinois ranked 6th in Opportunity & Competition and 21st in Academic & Work Environment and had an overall score of 51.88.

Iowa didn't do the best. Iowa ranked as the 26th best state for teachers. Iowa ranked 36th in Opportunity & Competition and 22nd in Academic & Work Environment and had an overall score of 44.10.

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