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A new report has named Kirksville the best city for public school teachers to live and work in the state of Missouri, and ranks the city as the 54th best in the nation. Kirksville is the only Missouri city in the top 100 listed in the report.

GoodCall, a college and careers website, recently issued its second annual “Best Cities for K-12 Teacher to Live and Work” report, ranking cities in four areas: affordability (local teacher salaries and local housing costs), job competition (current open positions and the number of resumes posted for hire on Indeed.com), school ratings and lifestyle (the number of local restaurants, arts and entertainment amenities per capita).

Affordability and school ratings were each weighted at 35 percent, with job competition at 20 percent and amenities at 10 percent.

Kirksville’s average teacher salary was computed at $45,316. The district was ranked 51st nationally in school ratings, which measures math and reading scores and adjusting for socioeconomic status. Kirksville ranked 259th in housing affordability and 630th in amenities.

“We set out to identify which parts of the U.S. are particularly teacher-friendly so that new teachers entering the field and those who are looking to relocate know which cities offer them the best backdrop for their career,” GoodCall’s Carrie Wiley said in the release.

“This year, top ranking cities were concentrated in small to mid-sized cities - predominantly, but not exclusively, in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. Large metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angeles were notably missing from the top 100, suggesting that small towns may be the place to be for K-12 teachers looking for a strong community and affordable lifestyle.”

The full report can be found at http://www.goodcall.com/data-center/best-places-for-teachers-2016