This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Joe Polsky.
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020, the world had already begun transitioning into the gig economy.
Entrepreneurship had already taken root and the number of people working as independent contractors, either by choice or driven by circumstances, was rising by the year.
Flexibility was also already becoming a buzzword in the corporate world as more and more companies increasingly saw the need to infuse wellness programs into their culture in the belief that flexible workplace policies result in happier employees, and in turn, increased productivity and a healthier bottom line.
Part of this included the freedom to work remotely, among other organizational freebies intended to make employees a happier lot.
Then Covid-19 happened and it changed the game plan. In this context, what it did was accelerate the adoption of remote work. Many companies that were yet to try out remote work were forced by circumstances to take it up, with others embracing it fully.
As remote work increasingly becomes the norm, there’s never been a better time to talk up your options as far as the best cities for remote workers go.
For dwellers of pricey cities like the Big Apple, perhaps it’s not too farfetched to suggest signing up with a moving and storage NYC company to relocate or store your belongings as you explore other more economically sustainable alternatives around the country.
Here are our top 5 picks.
1. Austin, Texas
With 8.2 percent of its population working remotely already, the capital of the Lone Star State is one of the top places to go to if you’re considering a stint as a remote worker, particularly if your career has anything to do with Software Development, Accounting & Finance, and Data Entry – although anything goes really.
The affordability aspect aside (never mind the state’s tax incentives) Austin has one of the highest coworking spaces per capita. Internet speeds are faster than average and coffee shops too are not in short supply.
2. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is a promising city for anyone looking to work remotely, so much so that NerdWallet considers it one of the best places in the US for remote workers.
The city has a high number of affordable and livable suburbs in and around it, and that’s always a good starting point.
As one of the country’s fastest growing markets for tech workers, it’s understandable that Atlanta is big on co-working spaces. By extension, Internet speeds have kept up with the burgeoning gig sector in the city, so it’s fair to say you shouldn’t expect any disappointments on that front.
3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Ranked 11 out of 50 best cities for remote jobs in the country by FlexJobs, the capital of North Carolina is a great place to find kindred spirits. Approximately 7 percent of the population in Raleigh works remotely on a regular.
Cost of living is low, homes are affordable, and the schools are great. Well, that’s not to mention infrastructure to support remote work is already in place – Internet, co-working spaces, and that whole shebang.
4. Salt Lake City, Utah
There is a huge contingent of remote workers pitching up tent in Salt Lake City, and that can only be a good thing. The higher the number, the better the remote work segment is bound to become as competition in the space heats up.
The State of Utah generally has a higher-than-usual number of remote jobs, and Salt Lake City is where it’s at. With one of the largest concentrations of millennials in the country, it’s easy to see why the city is a big draw.
5. Portland, Oregon
Rounding up our list of best US cities for remote workers is Portland, a tech-friendly city with more than 650 public Wi-Fi locations, according to data from Owl Labs.
Portland is not just an ideal city for remote work. This also happens to be one of the best places you can put down roots, with outdoor activities and amenities galore.