Rentals

Housing costs are pricing Bay Area teachers out of their districts

Some school districts consider constructing units for teachers
  • Two school districts are planning to build 100-unit-plus projects specifically for teachers.
  • In only one Bay Area county can someone earn an annual income of less than $100,000 and afford that county's median priced home.
  • The top paying school district in the Bay Area and California is the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, with an average salary of $134,000.

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Teachers' salaries in a number of Bay Area school districts are among the highest statewide; however, attracting and retaining teachers in the Bay remains a challenge primarily because of housing costs. In eight Bay Area school districts, teachers make on average $94,000 a year, according to CALmatters. But in only one Bay Area county, Solano, can someone make an annual income of less than $100,000 and afford that county's median priced home. For perspective, in San Francisco and San Mateo counties incomes of $254,110 and $239,080, respectively, are required to purchase a median price home. These income requirements coupled with rising rents in the Bay Area are influencing some school districts to consider constructing homes for their teachers. Bay Area school districts try to solve housing issue The Cupertino Union School District has proposed building more than 200 affordable housing units at a Santa Clara school site that has been closed for more than 30 years. The un...