SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - It's no secret, the Bay Area's cost of living is through the roof and the issue is often at the center of debate among local leaders and community members.
USA Today examined the least affordable places for teachers and surprise surprise— not— the Bay Area topped the list.
Researchers compared how much teachers make to how much they spend on housing.
Santa Cruz took the number one spot, followed by San Jose and San Francisco, Honolulu, and Santa Rosa.
The report says mid-career teachers in San Jose and San Francisco make about $77,000 a year but spend 64 percent of their income on rent.
The most affordable city on the list is Johnstown, Pennsylvania where teachers make about $20,000 less than Bay Area teachers, but only spend about 16 percent of their salary on housing.