Maine Listed as One of the Worst States for Teachers
The findings were not pretty for Maine in a recent survey focusing on teachers.
Wallethub.com, a personal finance website, recently published a report of the best and worst states for teachers. The Pine Tree State found itself near the bottom of the list.
Maine came in as the 8th worst state for teachers. That's not exactly making the grade in WalletHub's annual report.
Maine finished with a score of 39.47 on the survey's 100 point scale. The scoring falls under two major categories: Opportunity & Competition, and Academic & Work Environment. These two were broken down to 24 subcategories to further aide with detail and accuracy. You can read about the methodology here.
Maine actually had a very respectable score in the academic & work environment, coming in with a 13th ranking.
However, its ultimate downfall was the near dead last ranking of 50th for opportunity and competition. One of the major reasons for this is Maine's incredibly ridiculous cost of living. In this case, WalletHub found that only Hawaii had a worse cost of living for teachers. It also seems like an issue that will only continue to worsen. Anyone in the housing market certainly knows what I'm talking about.
Thankfully, there is some good news with academics, and especially work environment. Maine finished strongly in student-to-teacher ratio, only scoring behind Vermont.
According to WalletHub, the top state for teachers is New York. The Empire State rolled in with a 59.33. The rest of the top 5 include Utah, Virginia, Florida, and Washington. New England had two states in the top 10, with Massachusetts at 8th and Connecticut somehow 10th.
The bottom 5 include New Mexico, Arizona, District of Columbia, and New Hampshire (yikes), with the worst being Hawaii.
You can see the full list of states here.