By Andy Medici – Senior Reporter, The Business Journals, Aug 20, 2021
“Remote work for millions of workers is here to stay, and a new study shows which cities have all the qualities needed for a new, mobile remote workforce. Marketing firm Higher Visibility crunched the numbers around average rent, house prices, happiness indicators, broadband availability, wifi hotspots, green space and even the number of coffee shops to find out which cities, large and small, are best for remote workers.
Did you know for cities over 1 million people, Texas dominates the top of the list. Houston came in first, followed by San Antonio and Dallas. “Texas is significantly cheaper to live in in terms of housing,” according to Higher Visibility. “With both rental rates and houses much cheaper than California and New York whilst maintaining a wi-fi and broadband infrastructure of other big cities, making it the ideal place for remote workers.”
Overall, Texas has six cities in the top 30 for remote workers, followed Florida and Ohio with four each. The focus on remote work comes as companies attempt to navigate a return to work that is being resisted by some workers. Upwork found the current remote workforce is about 26.7% and that, by 2025, about 22% of the overall workforce will be remote — or about 36.2 million American workers.
Upwork found that 34% of those currently working remotely are not excited about returning to the office. About 24% would be willing to take a pay cut to continue working remotely and 17% would look for another job before going back to the office.
About 36% of employees who currently work from home at least one day a week would return to the office full time if ordered to do so, but they would start looking for a new job, according to a new working paper from the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute for Economics. About 6% would quit right away before returning to the office, the working paper found.”