This story originally appeared on Zippia.
COVID-19 has shown many workers they are perfectly capable of doing their job from home — no lengthy, expensive commute needed.
Not only can they work remotely, they enjoy the flexibility and freedom it provides. We found 63% of workers currently working remotely prefer remote roles for the future.
However, it begs the question: In a world where workers can live anywhere, where will they live? Where should they live? Expensive studios in the Bay Area, for example, may not be the answer.
We hit the numbers to find the cities where remote workers have all the tools they need to work from home successfully and can save a bundle doing it.
San Francisco, NYC, Austin, Denver and other trendy, prominent cities didn’t make the cut.
We ranked over 1,300 cities on five metrics to determine the best cities to work remotely, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey:
- Median rent cost
- Median home price
- Amount of laptops/desktops per household
- Broadband internet access
- Amount of existing remote workers
Many cities with high-paying jobs have high costs of living, with sky-high rent and home costs outpacing incomes. Cities with affordable housing will be a draw for remote workers looking to cut their biggest expense.
We also examined the percentage of homes with broadband internet and at least one laptop or desktop per household. When companies say their workers can work anywhere, they mean anywhere with a strong internet connection.
Following are the best cities for remote workers.