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This Surprising U.S. City Was Just Named The Best Destination For Digital Nomads In The Country

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While the idea of packing your laptop and your suitcase and moving somewhere remote will always be tempting, that type of move is simply not feasible for most people.

Be it the exhausting bureaucratic processes, the complicated logistics, or the fact that most of us simply don’t want to leave our lives and loved ones behind, there are plenty of reasons why remote workers, who have the opportunity to go virtually everywhere, still choose to live here in the U.S.

boulder, colorado from above

However, that doesn’t always mean having to stay put.

Domestic travel has become more common than ever among digital nomads, which is why companies are rushing to figure out which states and cities are actually worth moving to.

DesignRush was the latest to jump in on the discussion.

The Florida-based marketing service just conducted a study on the best U.S. cities for remote workers, using a 100-point scale based on criteria like tax rates, healthcare services, internet availability, cost of living, and climate.

People explore the famous Pearl Street Mall, downtown Boulder

To everyone’s surprise, one often-overlooked (and pretty expensive) city topped the list.

Here’s why:

More Than Just A Hiking Hotspot

Home to some of the most jaw-dropping views of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder has long been one of North America’s most coveted hotspots among avid hikers – after all, trails like Flatirons, Chautauqua Park, Mount Sanitas Trailhead, and Bear Canyon are some of the best you’ll come across in your life.

Flatirons, boulder, colorado

And while it’s true that moving to the city is bound to have a positive effect on your health and overall love of movement, hiking is far from the only activity those coming here can look forward to.

Immerse yourself in Boulder’s culture through events and attractions like the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the iconic Boulder Farmers Market. 

boulder farmers market

What’s more, the Colorado hub is one of the most tech-driven cities in the entire country, so those looking to find an innovative, inspiring environment where new businesses and startups are always supported will find themselves right at home here.

Public Transport Is Actually Great

One of the things that makes the high price tag of living in Boulder more justifiable is the fact that getting around without a car is truly doable here.

The public transportation system is well-organized and efficient, which is more than what can be said for most North American cities.

bus interior

Getting used to the local bus network doesn’t take much time, and since the community is so heavily focused on sustainability, you’ll find that locals heavily prefer this mode of transportation, too.

If you’re planning to take advantage of Boulder’s hiking scene, you’ll be glad to learn that most major trails are accessible by bus, so there’ll rarely be a reason for you to Uber or Lyft somewhere.

One Of The Safest Cities (Its Size) In North America

While by no means a major metropolis, Boulder is still one of Colorado’s bigger cities, so the fact that it maintains such low crime rates is nothing short of impressive.

According to Numbeo, Boulder boasts a safety index of 74.74, so let’s compare that with other, similarly-sized U.S. cities.

Aerial view of Boulder, Colorado

Santa Monica’s (CA) safety index is 54.08, Alexandria’s (VA) is 44.78, whereas Berkeley’s (CA) is 39.94 – now it’s becoming much clearer why people are willing to pay a bit more to live in Boulder. 

A Thriving Digital Nomad Community And Plenty Of Coworking Spaces

As fun and exciting as the life of a digital nomad can be, it can also get pretty isolating.

That’s why finding a sense of community and belonging is paramount to the quality of your experience in a new place – luckily, you won’t have to worry about that in Boulder.

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado

I already mentioned how strong the entrepreneurial spirit is throughout the city, but I didn’t mention just how many people from all backgrounds and walks of life that attracts.

So, whether you’re looking for some new working buddies or just better professional opportunities, chances are that living in Blouder will help facilitate that process immensely, and again, you’ll get your money’s worth.

Coworking spaces are also abundant and fully equipped, though I’d mostly recommend WeWork, Expansive 15th & Canyon, and Office Evolution.

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