New Research Identifies The Top City To Find A Remote Job

Washington DC

A new study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) identifies the city with faster growth of remote jobs, focusing on five English-speaking countries: the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In the U.S., the top city to find remote isn´t New York, but Washington, DC.

Researchers behind “Remote Work across Jobs, Companies and Space” looked at more than 250 million job vacancies offering remote or hybrid work posted between January 2014 and January 2023.

According to their results, the U.K. is outpacing the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand when it comes to remote, flexible jobs, which for researchers, makes sense as “the U.K. is on the whole more skewed towards white-collar jobs with a higher propensity to be worked from home.”

Cities With the Highest Increase in Remote Jobs

The research revealed the 10 cities where the share of remote jobs had increased the most:

1. Washington, D.C. (U.S.)

2. San Francisco (U.S.)

3. London (U.K.)

4. Glasgow (U.K.)

5. Chicago (U.S.)

6. Atlanta (U.S.)

7. Phoenix (U.S.)

8. New York (U.S.)

9. Sydney (Australia)

10. Toronto (Canada)

According to the research working from home is more common in big cities than in rural towns or suburbs, as dense cities tend to have a higher number of “Knowledge workers” with jobs that allow them to work anywhere with an internet connection. 


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