5 Connected Cities for Remote Workers
As America continues to shift into an economy that better favors freelancers, remote workers have more options and resources available to them than ever before. From a greater variety of jobs, to more choices in transportation, the U.S. is becoming an easier place to live for workers who only commute from their bed to their living room. Still, some places stand out for work-from-home employees and subscribers to the gig economy.
There are a few factors that affect quality of life for remote workers. Home prices are very important, as they often work from a home office. Public transportation can also be a concern for people who work from home and therefore may not need to own a car. Check out these five cities that offer excellent amenities and support for their remote workforces.
An estimated 30% of Milwaukee’s workforce is self-employed, so remote workers will feel right at home in Brew City. Accordingly, the city has the remote workspaces to match – from coffee shops to a brewing museum, there’s something for every kind of freelancer. Milwaukee also has a cost of living well below the national average, alongside a very affordable housing market. If you like sports, beer, and parks located under bridges, Milwaukee might be the city for you.
A hub for all mountain activities — from skiing to hang gliding — Salt Lake City is the perfect place for workers who don’t want to be cooped up in their home office all day. As one of the first cities in the country to get Google Fiber, the city’s other internet providers are hustling to keep up, making for a more competitive market for speedy internet. If you’re tired of Skype calls with clients dropping off, Salt Lake might be worth a look.
SLC’s public transportation is almost as reliable as its internet. Built to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, the city’s light rail is continuously expanding its service area and is supported by an extensive bus system for workers who get around sans car. And if none of that works for you, Salt Lake is among the best cities in the country for Uber.
Ranked the most affordable city in America by Money Crashers, Memphis is a wonderful place for remote workers looking to pinch pennies. What’s more, Tennessee has no income tax, so freelancers can easily save when it comes to tax season. And although Memphis doesn’t have access to Google Fiber like nearby Chattanooga, AT&T recently began servicing the area with gigabit internet.
Located in one of the largest research parks in the world — Research Triangle Park — Raleigh is naturally tech savvy and a great home for nontraditional workers. In fact, Google Fiber has promised that it’s heading toward the Triangle soon. Also, Raleigh was recently ranked sixth in the country for the highest paid workforce after a cost-of-living adjustment.
A home office would be a smart buy in Raleigh, as it is one of the hottest real estate markets this year. And as long as we’re talking about best-of lists, Raleigh is regularly featured as one of the best places to live in the country.
Vegas is already a great place for tech workers, so it makes sense that the city would be good for workers commuting digitally. CenturyLink offers 1 Gig internet speeds for residents, and with awesome co-working spaces like the Innevation Center and Grouchy John’s Coffee Shop, remote workers will always have a place to plug in. Also, if you’re a contract worker, Nevada doesn’t have an income tax.
For telecommuters, one of the best things about the city is the fact that home prices are low, yet appreciating quickly. Sin City was hit particularly hard by the housing crisis and as a result, home prices are still recovering, meaning now is a good time to not only get into a cheap home/office, but a solid investment.