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New Study Shows These 7 U.S. Cities Are The Best For Digital Nomads

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Digital nomads traditionally travel to destinations in Latin America or Asia to discover new cultures and expand their budgets. However, the United States also has a lot to offer remote workers, too, and a new study can prove it.—a company specializing in tech reviews— recently published a report on the best cities in the U.S. for digital nomads, and the results are interesting. 

Woman using her laptop in a Starbucks

Experts have considered the average internet speed of each city and included other factors, such as available remote jobs, number of Free WiFi Hotspots, miles from the nearest airport, monthly rent cost per square foot, miles from nearest National Park, number of state recreation areas and average annual temperatures. 

Budget digital nomads should take note — even though the study factored in rent costs, many of the cities on this list are definitely not known for being on the cheap side for accommodation.

The results show great destinations for remote workers, and these are the top 7 cities, including ideas on what digital nomads can do and see: 

7) Dallas, Texas

Dallas has one of the fastest Internet connections in the United States with an average of 117.1 Mbps, one of the largest airports, and there are great hotels in this city. Plus, there are many activities and places to visit.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Winter

Remote workers can take advantage of their flexible schedules and explore great museums like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Museum of Art—it’s free!— or the  Sixth Floor Museum. And there are cool ways to unwind, such as visiting Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or going for a run at Klyde Warren Park.

6) Houston, Texas

There are 105 free wifi hotspots in Houston, very fast Internet—115.7—, and so much to do. Yes, the Space Center is a must, so those digital nomads who love technology and museums will have a wonderful time in this city. 

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Bikers at Buffalo Bayou park in Houston

Remote workers need to exercise and connect with nature, and the Buffalo Bayou Park and the Cullen Running Trails Center are among the best options. For fun, the neighborhoods Montrose, River Oaks, Downtown, and Midtown offer great bar and nightlife alternatives.

5) Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix has a special charm and beautiful landscapes. Digital nomads will have an average internet speed of 96.2 Mbps, great parks and recreation areas, and unique activities. There are great trails for hikers and bikers, and at night, Scottsdale offers entertainment, bars, art galleries, and great restaurants. 

Scottsdale Arizona Waterfront Canal Scene

4) Seattle, Washington

Remote workers need a good internet connection and coffee. Seattle is home to Starbucks; what else is there to say? Well, the study also highlights this city’s average internet speed, 111 Mbps, its 164 free public wifi connections, and the beautiful National Park Mount Rainier is only 44 miles away from the city. The Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Seattle Great Wheel are just a few of the great attractions available.

Farmers market in Seattle

3) Austin, Texas

This city—the best one for digital nomads in Texas— has been gaining a lot of popularity, its airport has great connectivity, and the Internet average speed is 104.3 Mbps. There are gorgeous parks like Zilker Metropolitan Park, and during summer, the Barton Springs Municipal Pool is a great alternative too. Not too far from the city, remote workers can also connect with nature at McKinney Falls State Park.

Austin Texas Zilker Park with skyline in background

2) Portland, Oregon

The second best city for a digital nomad is Portland, and the report highlights its airport proximity, 106.1 Mbps average Internet speed, and 153 public wi-fi hotspots. This city has beautiful gardens, trails, and parks. Remote workers can invest a few hours admiring the beauty of the Portland Japanese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, or Forest Park. It is a great city to enjoy its technology and fun ambiance as well as its proximity to nature. 

Aerial view of Portland, Oregon

1) Atlanta, Georgia

This vibrant city has been chosen as the best city in the United States for digital nomads. Here, the average Internet speed is 114.1 Mbps, close to its busy international airport, and visitors can easily unwind at national parks like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline.

Digital nomads could also enjoy the impressive Georgia Aquarium, visit the World of CocaCola, Atlanta Botanical Garden, or attend a game at the impressive Mercedes Benz Stadium. 

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