Recent Census reports suggest that the number of people working remotely across the U.S. tripled between 2019 and 2021. And, with more and more companies switching to hybrid or fully remote schedules, relocating has never been easier.
As a result, a new wave of cities across the country has started attracting top talent. Curious to find out which are the most popular places for remote workers, CoworkingCafe scored several U.S. cities against ten metrics highlighting the needs of footloose employees. Here are their findings:
Scoring high across many metrics, Atlanta took the top spot with a total of 70.77 points. Most notably, it took first place for its 24 coworking places per 100,000 residents. The city also enjoys the second-fastest internet speed on the list, at 468.83 Mb/s, and the highest availability of Wi-Fi networks per 100,000 residents.
Outside of work, freelancers and remote workers can enjoy a vibrant entertainment scene. Indeed, Atlanta boasts an impressive 682 entertainment establishments per 100,000 residents, putting it in third place overall. It also enjoys the highest median income across the top ten, at $48,980.
2. St. Louis
St. Louis took second place with 69.36 points and scored well across several metrics. Most notably, the city boasts the lowest cost of living across the top ten, with the average monthly rent at around $1,113. Paired with an impressive score in terms of entertainment establishments — 749 venues per 100,000 residents, ranking second overall — the city has lots to offer.
St. Louis is also an incredibly walkable city, another bonus for those looking to escape the urban sprawl. With a walk score of 65.7 points, it took third place for this metric.
Scoring above average in almost all of the metrics, Pittsburgh came in third with 63.68 points. Boasting an internet speed of 443.41 Mb/s, it took third place for this metric. One of Pittsburgh’s strongest suits is the ease of travel both in and around the city, as well as further afield. It enjoys proximity and easy access to four regional and international airports within a 70-mile radius, enabling a global community of remote workers and freelancers to thrive.
Outside of work, residents can enjoy a wealth of entertainment venues, with Pittsburgh boasting 677 establishments per 100,000 people — placing the city fourth for this metric. Finally, being close to multiple green spaces and country parks is always a bonus for remote workers looking for fresh air and a change of scenery.
While Orlando sits in fourth place overall, with a score of 59.77 points, it took the top spot regarding the number of entertainment establishments. Remote workers looking for fun things to do outside of work will be spoilt for choice, with 829 venues per 100,000 residents.
But the city offers plenty of other benefits, too. With 14 coworking spaces per 100,000 residents, the city ranked second, and came in third for density of public Wi-Fi networks (20 per 100,000 residents).
Scoring 57.62 points, Minneapolis took fifth place overall but showcased top scores for walkability (boasting a walk score of 71.4). And, with every resident living within six blocks of a park, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenery and fresh air.
The local median income is $41,098, which sees Minneapolis taking third place for this metric. Finally, the city enjoys a vibrant entertainment scene, with 592 entertainment establishments per 100,000 residents.
Tampa scored 56.66 points, bolstered by its 100% internet coverage across the city (which saw it take the number one spot for this metric alongside Buffalo and Cincinnati). The city also scored well regarding local median earnings and unemployment. It came in second for both metrics, with an income of $41,792 and an unemployment rate of 5.3%. Moreover, it ranked second with its 12 coworking spaces per 100,000 residents.
With 54.43 points, Cincinnati scored fairly well across all metrics and took shared top place for internet coverage at 100%. With a cost of living score of 96.2, the city came in fifth, and also took fifth place for entertainment establishments, offering 629 venues per 100,000 residents.
Richmond scored 54.42 points in total, placing it behind Cincinnati, though it managed to outrank its competitor in several metrics. For example, it ranked higher in terms of cost of living, with a score of 95.2, as well as walkability, with a walk score of 50.9. Richmond also managed to take second place for density of Wi-Fi networks, with 27 per 100,000 residents, and came in fourth for its internet speeds of 441.27 Mb/s.
Showcasing the fastest internet speed across the top ten at 493.77 Mb/s, Birmingham secured the ninth position with a total of 53.79 points. The city also proves to be an extremely affordable choice, coming in second with a cost of living score of 92.9.
Rounding off the top ten with 52.49 points, Buffalo enjoys the best transport links on the list, with easy access to five airports within a 70-mile radius. Paired with the third-lowest cost of living (93.8) and the second-best walk score (66.6), it’s an increasingly attractive choice for remote workers.