Top 15 US Cities for Teleworking

Microsoft recently completed a study ranking 15 metropolitan areas for remote working.  Here’s the list:

1. Atlanta
2. Dallas
3. Phoenix
4. Seattle
5. Denver
6. Boston
7. Washington, D.C.
8. San Francisco
9. Houston
10. Minneapolis
11. New York
12. Philadelphia
13. Los Angeles
14. Detroit
15. Chicago

Surprised to see Atlanta at the top?  Don’t be.  The Georgia Department of Transportation reported earlier this year that teleworking is the number one alternative to commuting, surpassing carpooling.  Over 600,000 people in the Atlanta area say they are teleworking occasionally and 57 percent of businesses in Atlanta have a formal telework policy in place. 

My prediction:  I expect Washington DC to make a 5 spot jump by the next round of surveys.  With the deadline passing this month for the Telework Enforcement Act for federal employees, we should see many more teleworkers around the beltway.

Don’t see your city on the list?   Never fear (My home city isn’t on there either).  Just because your city is not on the list doesn’t mean you won’t find a job teleworking or be able to influence your organization to adopt teleworking.  Being on the list above increases your odds, but it is not impossible no matter what location you call home.

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