While remote work has become increasingly popular across the board over the last five to ten years, there are some US states where people have latched on to the idea more than others.
Remote working, also known as “telecommuting” has numerous advantages for people with the necessary skills. It opens up a whole network of job opportunities in places without many jobs available, and allows rural dwellers the opportunity to work without a long commute. The freedom, flexibility, and less stressful work environment can benefit everyone.
Not surprisingly, many of the states which make the list of top ten remote work states are also included within the top 20 worst states to find a full-time job. States with high rates of underemployed or unemployed workers naturally turn towards better alternatives, like remote work, to help support their families.
The United States Census Bureau recently released their “American Community Survey,” and the results give insight into where remote workers are living. But which states ranked highest, and how has it changed in the past few years?
Seven percent of Colorado’s population works remotely, and they rank highest among states with most remote workers. They’ve remained in this spot since 2013.
Of Vermont’s working population, 6.7 percent are telecommuters. Like Colorado, Vermont has held steady to it’s top spot since 2013.
Another state to hold steady with a top position on this list since 2013, Oregon’s population contains 6.4 percent remote workers. Like a few other states on the list, Oregon was ranked in a listing of worst states to find a full-time job. At No. 20, the survey cited an 8.3 percent underemployment rating, with 4.1 percent of the population completely unemployed.
Montana ranks fourth in states with most remote workers. Their workforce contains 6.3 percent full time telecommuters.
5. New Hampshire
In 2013, New Hampshire barely ranked in the top 10. During the last six years, however, they’ve experienced exponential growth in the remote working field. Now, 6.1 percent of residents work remotely full time.
Idaho is known for having a lot of open land and few large cities that host major job markets. They rank sixth in the states with most remote workers with 5.9 percent of their total workforce being made up of full time telecommuters.
Arizona’s overall landscape typically consists of two things: wide open spaces and large metropolitan areas. While the job market has grown considerably over the past few years, jobs weren’t so easy to find here in years past. That may be a contributing factor in the 5.7 percent of full time remote works living within the state. They were also recently ranked as the ninth worst state to find a full-time job.
The state of Washington came in eighth with 5.6% of the workforce working remotely. 24/7 Wall St. recently ranked Washington as the 13th worst place to find a full-time job, citing that 9 percent of the population was underemployed and 4.7 percent of the population was unemployed entirely.
9. Maine and South Dakota (a tie!)
Maine and South Dakota tie for ninth place, with each state having 5.5 percent of their total working population working from home.
10. California and Florida (another tie!)
Another tie for ninth place are the sunny states of California and Florida, with 5.4 percent of their respective populations working remotely full time. Although not confirmed, the large number of retirees in these states may contribute to their place in the top ten. In addition to collecting social security benefits, retirees are allowed to make a certain amount of supplemental income–and working remotely fits perfectly into that equation.