While many workers may find that they prefer working from home rather than traveling to the office, not all working from home conditions are created equal.
More than 36 million Americans will think of their home as an office, as 22% of America’s workforce will be remote by 2025, according to Upwork. But offices consume resources — resources that some states have more readily available than others. This means that people’s work environments may not only depend on their home setup, but also on their location.
Personal finance platform WalletHub scored the 50 states out of 100, ranking the best states for working from home based on factors such as internet access, cybersecurity and share of potential carriers, as well as the cost of l electricity, the cost of internet and the average square footage of the house. The results weren’t too surprising, says WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez.
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“It makes sense that rural states like North Dakota, Montana and Alaska would rank lower because there are fewer remote job opportunities — you can’t farm from your living room” , says Gonzalez. “At the same time, more people in the North East have managerial or administrative roles that allow them to work from home, which the ranking also shows.”
Talent across the United States — especially those new to the workforce — can benefit from knowing where the conditions for telecommuting are optimal if remote work is important to them. Here are the 10 best and worst states for working from home, according to WalletHub.