According to a recent Gallup Poll, 37% of Americans cut the cord and telecommuted remotely in 2015, up from a paltry 9% a couple of decades ago. And the ranks of fully independent freelancers are swelling even faster, thanks in part to the rise of such “gig economy” behemoths as Uber and TaskRabbit.
In response to this Gallup data, Realtor.com has taken the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country (based on number of households) and sorted them by their livability for freelancers or telecommuters. They used the metros’ median home purchase and one-bedroom rental prices, state and local taxes, health care plans, walkability, and the availability of amenities such as coffee shops and high speed internet to develop their list.
According to their findings, Las Vegas, NV is the #1 spot for freelancers, given its reasonable home prices, lack of state income tax, plentiful coffee shops and abundant entertainment. Also notable are Minneapolis, MN, which is home to the COCO chain of co-working spaces, and Atlanta, GA, one of the top-ten cities where renters can become homeowners, according to the National Association of Realtors.