The 10 Worst States for Remote Work

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The coronavirus pandemic changed how we work. Millions of employees performed their jobs from home for the first time. Many love the new arrangement and want it to stay in place.

If you are among such folks, you better hope you don’t live in one of the 10 states listed below.

CNBC took a look at all 50 U.S. states to determine which were the least suited for remote work.

In compiling its list, CNBC analyzed 15 metrics, including:

  • Broadband connectivity
  • Electrical grid reliability
  • Health and health care
  • Sustainability in the face of climate change
  • Environmental quality
  • Inclusiveness
  • Housing market
  • Cost of living
  • Tax burden

Surprisingly, CNBC deemed California — home to many tech companies — the worst state for remote work. How did that happen?

CNBC says the Golden State does not shine brightly for remote workers because the cost of living is high, taxes are high, air quality is poor and the power grid is “notoriously unreliable.”

The second-worst state for remote workers is Maine, which has the nation’s least reliable power grid, CNBC says. It also has high taxes and a high cost of living, and many of the state’s residents do not have access to an affordable broadband network.

In Louisiana — the third-worst state for remote workers — the power grid is unreliable and the quality of health care is poor, CNBC says. In addition, internet connectivity is weak.

CNBC’s list of the 10 worst states for remote work — in order — is as follows:

  • California
  • Maine
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi (tie)
  • Wisconsin (tie)
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • Connecticut

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