The exponential rise of digital nomadism has ushered in a new work era that transcends traditional office boundaries and empowers modern-day professionals to work from virtually any place on Earth.
However, it’s worth noting that while the idea of packing up and moving to a remote land with access to a whole new set of experiences can be tempting, in reality, uprooting your entire life is far more challenging.
Luckily for those looking to avoid the societal, logistical, and financial hurdles of moving to an entirely new country, there’s no shortage of gorgeous destinations right here in the U.S. that create the perfect opportunities for digital nomads to thrive without having to cross an ocean or two in the process.
According to a recently released report by Yahoo Finance, which took into account criteria like median rent and internet speed, these are the top 10 U.S. cities for digital nomads right now:
1. Raleigh, North Carolina
Nestled in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, Raleigh has rapidly transformed into one of the country’s biggest tech-driven powerhouses.
The city boasts a thriving academic environment and entrepreneurial ecosystem, complete with a plethora of co-working spaces and innovation hubs that cater to every last need of remote workers.
However, what really sets Raleigh apart from other tech-centric cities like San Francisco is its reasonable cost of living.
The median rent here is $1,237, which, while not particularly cheap, is a whopping 62.51% lower than what you’d pay in its Californian counterpart.
Considering the culture, opportunities, and general atmosphere you’ll find in Raleigh, the monthly costs will not only seem worth it but also like an investment toward better-paying positions and a more well-rounded future.
Speaking of which, there’s a lot to do around here aside from work.
Take advantage of the exceptional infrastructure and explore the cultural and natural wonders the area has to offer, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the William B. Umstead State Park, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
2. Irvine, California
If the premise of getting to bask under the warm Californian sun does intrigue you, though, you can't go wrong with Irvine, once named North America's safest travel destination.
The heart of Orange County has now become famous for its immaculately planned urban landscape that helps busy professionals save precious time during the day and effortlessly explore the best of what the city has to offer at night.
Between the state-of-the-art infrastructure and geographical proximity to major tech hubs like Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, remote workers looking to take advantage of the state’s abundant opportunities while also cutting back a bit on living expenses will get to have their cake and eat it, too.
3. North Las Vegas, Nevada
Don’t let the name fool you, this suburban city in Clark County is as quiet and laid-back as they come.
Thanks to its reasonable cost of living and thriving tech scene, North Las Vegas is slowly but surely emerging as a hidden gem for digital nomads looking to max out their savings without having to sacrifice amenities or geographical convenience.
After all, with rent standing at ~$1,323 a month, you’ll be far better able to budget for a wild night out in the nearby clubs and casinos every once in a while.
4. Corpus Christi, Texas
Located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, Corpus Christi offers digital nomads a unique blend of coastal charm and a burgeoning work scene.
Out of all the cities that made it to the top 5, this one boasts the lowest median rent at just $1,099 – combine that with a heavenly climate and relaxing coastal lifestyle and you get the perfect setting for a well-balanced life without having to sacrifice on professional opportunities.
5. Henderson, Nevada
Digital nomads trying to avoid the chaos and crowds of major urban centers will love Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb that offers a peaceful yet vibrant work environment with far more co-working spaces and networking opportunities than you might think.
The city’s remarkable commitment to green spaces, recreational facilities, and community events, combined with its strategic position will inevitably contribute to increased quality of life among remote workers looking for that next place to call “home.”
Where Else Can Digital Nomads Move To?
The rest of the report’s top 10 featured the following cities:
6. El Paso, Texas
7. Durham, North Carolina
8. Gilbert, Arizona
9. Wichita, Kansas
10. Austin, Texas
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