Seattle Sees A Surge In Remote Work, With Over A Third Of Its Workforce Now Operating From Home

Although remote work decreased by 3% nationwide compared to the previous year, Seattle, Washington stood out with a remarkable statistic: more than double the national average.

Seattle, Washington, took the lead in terms of the highest percentage of remote workers, boasting a staggering 36%. Washington, D.C. followed closely behind, with just over one-third of its workforce participating in remote work, as indicated by the United States Census American Community Survey.

In the previous year, Washington, D.C. had a remote workforce exceeding 43%, but every state has since experienced a decline or maintained its previous remote work percentage.

In terms of metropolitan areas, Boulder, Colorado emerged as the leader with the highest proportion of remote workers, accounting for 32% of its workforce, and its state capital was not far behind. 

On a statewide level, Colorado boasted over a quarter of its employees engaged in remote work. In the context of the Washington, D.C. metro area, it secured second place, with a matching one-quarter of its workforce participating in remote work, tying with the Seattle metro area.

Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Illinois initially reported fewer remote workers than the national average of 5.7% in 2019. However, by 2022, they all surpassed the national average of 15%. Conversely, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Iowa had more remote workers than the 2019 average and fell below the average in the following year.

Mississippi had the lowest percentage of remote workers at 5.5%, with its neighboring southeastern states also reporting fewer remote workers than the national average.


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