Online Jobs: 16 Cities With the Most Work From Home Jobs

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Working from home provides a number of advantages. People get more done, are less distracted, and are generally happier. But many employers still aren’t convinced of the merits — they can’t keep an eye on you, for example, to make sure you’re not milking the clock. Even so, online jobs and career paths that allow you to work from home are growing in number.

Want to work from home? Opportunity abounds

With the proliferation of technology, telecommuting and the option to work remotely has never been a more widely available option for workers. Yes, most jobs still require you to be on-site, but the advantages of remote work and telecommuting are becoming more and more obvious to employers and workers alike. People are more productive working remotely, for example, and there are savings to be had in cutting out the commute.

If you’re interested in a work from home setup, just dig around for some opportunitiesthey’re out there, though most require specific skill sets.

As for where companies are hiring people, and which specific cities have the most remote workers or online jobs? Austin, Texas-based LawnStarter Lawn Care (yes, a lawn care company!) took a scalpel to new Census data to find out. LawnStarter managed to come away with a list of the 16 American cities with the most remote workers by looking at the percentage of people who work at home as compared to the overall workforce.

Let’s take a look at those 16 cities.

16. Seattle, Washington

Seattle downtown and Space Needle

Seattle downtown and Space Needle | iStock.com/aiisha5

At the bottom of the list, Seattle comes in with an overall percentage of at-home workers of 5.795% — representing more than 109,000 out of 1.88 million people.

15. Phoenix, Arizona

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Downtown Phoenix, Arizona | iStock.com

In Phoenix, there are more than 2 million workers over the age of 16, and 121,000 of them work from home. That’s a percentage of 5.941%, good enough to crack the list.

14. Sacramento, California

Downtown Sacramento, California

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Sacramento isn’t Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, but it’s still a hotbed for telecommuters. Sacramento’s percentage of remote workers is 5.985%.

13. San Francisco, California

San Francisco's famous Lombard Street

San Francisco’s famous Lombard Street | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Speaking of San Francisco, the jewel of the Bay Area lands at No. 13 on LawnStarter’s list. About 6.056% of San Francisco’s more than 2.3 million workers do so remotely.

12. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A North Carolina basketball player stands on the court in Chapel Hill

A North Carolina basketball player stands on the court in Chapel Hill | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Chapel Hill-Durham area of North Carolina — known primarily for being home to the University of North Carolina and Duke University — is a hotbed of opportunity for telecommuters. Roughly 6.368% of the area’s 275,000 workers work remotely.

11. Portland, Oregon

The Portland Convention Center

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Back to the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon ranks at No. 11 on LawnStarter’s brief. Portland’s workforce is 1.17 million strong, and roughly 6.4% of them telecommute.

10. Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia | iStock.com/Sean Pavone

Into the top 10, Atlanta makes the cut with 6.406% of its workforce — 2.7 million strong — working remotely. That’s more than 173,000 remote workers.

9. Melbourne, Florida

Fireworks over Melbourne, Florida

Fireworks over Melbourne, Florida | City of Melbourne, Florida/Facebook

Melbourne, Florida isn’t a metropolis akin to Atlanta, but it has a disproportionately large number of telecommuters. Out of 239,000 workers, 6.411% of them work remotely.

8. Provo, Utah

Provo, Utah

Provo, Utah | Provo City via Facebook

Provo, and neighboring Orem, Utah, are one of the most rapidly-growing areas in the country. Located just south of Salt Lake City, and home to Brigham Young University, Provo’s workforce of around 259,000 people has a remote worker percentage of 6.559%.

7. Tampa Bay, Florida

Tampa, Florida

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Tampa Bay — which, for our purposes, includes both Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida — has a workforce comprised of more than 1.3 million people. Almost 90,000 of them are telecommuters, good for 6.727%.

6. San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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San Diego’s remote workforce has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and of 1.58 million workers, 6.891% of them telecommute.

5. Boise, Idaho

Capital City Public Market, Downtown, Boise

Capital City Public Market, Downtown, Boise | Visit Idaho

Boise’s making some noise, in both being an intriguing new destination for businesses, and also an out-of-the-way place for people sick of the hustle and bustle to escape to. Boise’s workforce is just over 307,000, and 7.081% of them are remote workers.

4. Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

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Denver is home to a workforce of 1.47 million, and 107,735 of them are remote workers. That’s a percentage of 7.312%.

3. Sarasota, Florida

Shopping at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida

Shopping at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida | Carissa*Warfield / STILL*SILVER via Visit Sarasota

Another relatively small city in Florida, Sarasota (along with North Port and Bradenton) has an overall workforce of 301,000. More than 22,000 are telecommuters, or 7.42%.

2. Austin, Texas

Austinites enjoying a weekend afternoon

Austinites enjoying a weekend afternoon | Augistinerbier.at

A startup and cultural hotspot, Austin is growing by leaps and bounds. A solid chunk of the city’s 1.035 million workers are able to do so remotely, too. Overall, it’s 7.69%.

1. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina: The nation's top city for the work from home workforce

Raleigh, North Carolina: The nation’s top city for the work from home workforce | iStock.com

The number one city for remote workers? Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh’s workforce totals 633,000, and 54,000 telecommute. That’s 8.577%, good for the top spot.

Check out the entire LawnStarter brief here.

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