Here Are the Best (and Worst) Cities to Live In, If You’re Looking to Work from Home

published Jan 2, 2020
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Over the last 5 years alone, part-time and full-time remote work has grown by 44 percent, according to a recent study. While there are many reasons that could have contributed to this spike—from technological advancements to the self-care movement—one thing is for certain: work from home popularity is on the rise. But with factors like cost of living, co-working spaces, and even WiFi speed, not all states are created equal when it comes to working from home.

Career advice website Overheard On Conference Calls analyzed the 50 largest cities across America to figure out which locations are best for remote workers and, well, which ones are the worst. They made their conclusions by taking five elements grouped into two categories into consideration: work factors (average Wi-Fi speed, coffee shops per capita, co-working spaces per capita) and living factors (cost of living, commute time savings).

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The top 10 cities for working remotely are:

  1. Kansas City, MO
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Austin, TX
  4. Raleigh, NC
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. Richmond, VA
  9. Dallas, TX
  10. Las Vegas, NV

Out of the top 10, Atlanta, GA ranked highest in work factors while Salt Lake City, UT ranked highest in living factors. However, that doesn’t mean that these cities were ranked the highest out of all 50 states. As a matter of fact, Atlanta was second to Miami, FL when it came to work factors, and Salt Lake City was runner-up to Oklahoma City, OK with living factors. But the ranking is based on the average of both factors, not one or the other, which explains the top 10 list.

If one matters more to you than the other, here are the top cities ranked by work factors, followed by the top cities ranked by living factors. And to see what spot your city snags, check out the full study here.

Top 10 cities ranked by work factors

  1. Miami, FL
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Riverside, CA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Washington, DC
  7. Denver, CO
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Orlando, FL
  10. Boston, MA

Top 10 cities ranked by living factors

  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Louisville, KY
  4. Buffalo, NY
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Kansas City, MO
  7. Columbus, OH
  8. Milwaukee, WI
  9. Cincinnati, OH
  10. Virginia Beach, VA