The 10 Best Cities to Be Quarantined at Home

family posing for a coronavirus selfie in the city
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This story was written by Kathy Morris and originally appeared on

While it appears that quarantining for the coronavirus pandemic is finally starting to ease, it’s not over till it’s over. Will it happen again? Hopefully not, but you never know.

If you are going to get stuck at home, however, some cities are better places than others. We often think about what cities have to offer in terms of nightlife, dining out and exciting things to do. However, for the millions of Americans stuck at home in formerly exciting cities, the nearby theme park or vibrant theater scene isn’t doing much.

What do they care about? Spacious apartments, speedy internet, plentiful take-out options and nearby green space.

We set out to find the cities where those sheltering in place have it the relative best. We ranked each city from 1 to 99 in four areas:

  • Average apartment size
  • Amount of parkland per person
  • Percent of residents with broadband internet
  • Number of takeout options

Average apartment size comes from RENTCafe. The bigger the apartment, the better for stir-crazy quarantiners. This doesn’t take into consideration city house size or homeowners, just apartment rentals. The amount of parkland came from the Trust for Public Land. For takeout options, we looked at the number of restaurants listed for each city on Doordash. Finally, we used the trusty U.S. Census to see the percentage of residents in each city with broadband internet — including cable, fiber or DSL.

Keep reading to see the top 10 cities that made the grade. Bonus: If you’re looking for a job in any of these cities, click on the highlighted city name to learn the top companies to work for in that city!

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