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Best Cities for Remote Workers

August 23, 2021
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Wi-Fi speed, median rent, cost of living, co-working spaces, public Wi-Fi spaces—all of these factors are ingredients for the perfect cities for remote workers. NerdWallet assessed the top 100 cities in the U.S. across these criteria to identify which are the best for remote workers. The site found many suburbs of larger metros are good remote working cities, including Glendale, Ariz., which took the first spot on the list. Arizona was identified as the best state overall for remote workers. Cincinnati, OH was the second best city for remote workers, and the state offers the most affordable rent in the country.

1. Glendale, AZ

Enjoy all that the Phoenix area has to offer at this top remote worker destination! Phoenix is the best city overall for remote workers, with 3 Phoenix suburbs making the top 20 list.

If you can stand the desert heat, you’ll enjoy a ton of coworking space options and access to free Wi-Fi at over 1,364 nearby coffee shops and six local public libraries in Glendale.

Located just 9 miles north of Phoenix, Glendale features affordable rent options outside of downtown. Glendale also calls itself “Arizona’s Antique Capital” so you can spend your weekends hunting for antique treasures or taking in desert views.

2. Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati is the fastest growing economic power in the midwest based on output, and is also the second best city for remote workers in the country! You can enjoy city living at an affordable price in this metropolis as Cincinnati came in third place for affordability. This city also offers lightning-fast Wi-Fi speeds so you can get your job done efficiently.

Frequent travelers and road trip enthusiasts will love the access a midwestern metropolis offers: Cincinnati is within a day’s drive to 49.70% of the U.S. population. This means you can take your remote work on the road often, and easily explore everything both the city of Cincinnati and the entire continental U.S. has to offer.

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