The unprecedented upheavals of 2020 caused many of us to re-evaluate the way we live and work
With an increasing emphasis on remote or blended working patterns, it no longer seems essential to be based close to our employer’s base to avoid lengthy and stressful daily commutes.
Many people, realizing that it’s possible to work from home full-time, are starting to consider whether they could relocate to an area that is more conducive to their ideal lifestyle.
We’ve looked at a variety of factors, and selected locations that are attractive for several reasons. including connectivity, which is vital if you’re going to work efficiently and keep in touch with HO; accessibility so that if you need to travel you won’t be too far from airports and a good road network; safety, as no-one wants to find themselves living in a crime hot-spot; and overall quality of life and proximity to some wide-open spaces.
Here are 6 of our favourite places to work remotely:
1. Des Moines, Iowa
The first of Des Moines attractions is that it’s one of the most connected cities in the USA, so it won’t be difficult to stay online. However, this growing city is also known for its lively nightlife and arts scene. If you’re looking for an outdoor lifestyle with plenty of opportunities to move away from the screen and enjoy the wonders of nature, Central Iowa boasts over 800 miles of hiking trails to explore. It’s also more affordable than the coastal cities. The median home sold for just $160,000 (2020) and as the city is growing, that value is likely to increase over the next few years.
2. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Another affordable way to combine your love of the arts, a lively music scene, and delicious craft beers is to relocate to Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a growing reputation for a lively cultural scene, it remains affordable – a two-bedroom apartment will cost around half the price of a studio in a city such as San Diego or Houston. It also boasts hundreds of miles of hiking and cycling trails, as well as a wealth of opportunities for other outdoor pursuits such as fishing and climbing. Places Rated Almanac rated Grand Rapids as the number 3 city in the nation for fun and recreation, so if that’s what you’re craving when the working day is done, this could be the place for you!
- South Jordan, Utah
Utah is well-known as one of the best states to raise a family. While it has plenty to challenge outdoor adventurers, there’s a multitude of fascinating places to explore with kids. South Jordan, a growing suburb of Salt Lake City is one of the best places to live in Utah and is attracting a growing number of young professionals and families looking for a safe place to raise kids and work remotely. Public schools in South Jordan are above average. Most residents are homeowners, and in South Jordan, Utah, homes for sale go for a median price of around $405k, while monthly rents average around $1450.
4. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
If you can handle a colder climate Eau Claire, Wisconsin, might be a good choice to work remotely. The town can freeze for months each year, but boasts (if you can call it that) around 62 days of gorgeous weather. The small-town atmosphere is ideally suited to the cozy taprooms and coffee shops, which serve delicious comfort food through the chilly winter months. Sounds rough? Well, the residents of Eau Claire are incentivized with an extremely low cost of living and even cheaper market rent. Expect to pay only $825 for a 2-bedroom apartment, compared to a US average of $1148. Whether you just want to stay indoors and work in the warm, or get out and enjoy the rugged natural conditions, Eau Claire is an affordable choice
5. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa is being proactive in providing incentives, up to $10,000 for remote workers to relocate to the city. Yes, you read that right! The Tulsa Remote program aims city a hub for those who can work from anywhere. It offers financial assistance for relocation, a monthly stipend, and even a desk at one of the city’s coworking centers. So if you don’t want to be completely isolated during your working hours, this is a great place to keep an office vibe going.
The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene, cafes and entertainment venues, as well as an attractive riverfront park, so there’s plenty of opportunities to make new friends and socialize. With an attractive cost of living, what’s not to like?
6. El Paso, Texas
If you’re looking for great weather with blue skies and sun for most of the year, heading to Texas is a great idea. In terms of employment opportunities, these are more likely to be found in Houston or Dallas, but if you’re working remotely, then El Paso starts to seem like a great choice. The cost of living is far lower than that of the great metropolitan centers. The cost of a median home in the city is around $130,000, vs $195000 in Texas as a whole. There’s also the beauty of the desert to explore, and yet the Ruidoso area of New Mexico is within a drive so if you can’t bear the thought of life without skiing or snowboarding opportunities, you don’t have to give them up.
7. Seattle, Washington State
Seattle is one of the most livable cities in the United States. Its strong economy and big-name employers attract a huge range of diverse and creative talents, who flock to the city’s famous Pike Place Market at weekends or gather in the vast range of bars and cafes to socialize. The amazing natural beauty within a short drive of the city makes it a paradise for those wanting to reconnect with the American outdoors while they work remotely. The downside of relocating to a major city is of course the cost of living, but if you’re making enough, Seattle’s fantastic and varied weather, fascinating and friendly people, as well as a buzzing art and music scene make it worth the extra expense.