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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

While teachers likely have one of the most important jobs out there, it is often a thankless one, with many teachers being overworked and underpaid, and definitely underappreciated. But some states do a better job than others at treating their teachers fairly, and a new report reveals which ones they are.

  • WalletHub just came out with their annual list of the Best and Worst States for Teachers.
  • They judged the 50 states and District of Columbia on 24 key indicators of teacher-friendliness, in areas of opportunity and competition and academic and work environment.
  • The factors included things like starting salary, income growth potential, pupil-to-teacher ratio, teacher security, quality of school system and more.
  • Topping the list this year is New York, which earns a 60.86 out of 100.
  •  New York comes in third for both opportunity and competition, and academic and work environment.
  • Utah, which comes in second overall, is tops for opportunity and competition, while Delaware, eighth overall, is tops for academic and work environment.

Locally North Carolina came in 33rd. South Carolina was the 41st state.

Top Ten States for Teachers

  1. New York
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. New Jersey
  6. Virginia
  7. Maryland
  8. Delaware
  9. Illinois
  10. Connecticut
  • On the flipside, New Hampshire has been chosen worst states for teachers, scoring just a 31.14.
  • New Hampshire comes in dead last for opportunity and competition, although oddly it does land at eight for academic and work environment.

Ten Worst States for Teachers

  1. New Hampshire
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Maine
  4. Arizona
  5. Montana
  6. Nevada
  7. Missouri
  8. Hawaii
  9. Louisiana
  10. New Mexico

Click here to see where your state falls on the list.

Source: WalletHub