- WalletHub survey ranks best and worst states for remote working
- Separate categories of work and living environments considered
Changing Attitudes Around Remote Work
Pre-pandemic, according to a Pew Research Center survey, just 20% of workers with jobs that could be done remotely did, in reality, do just that…work from home.
Today, 71% of workers with remote-possible jobs are working from home. Many of these remote workers, more than 50% of them, want to continue working from home even if/when working in an office is possible.
Employers Adapting Too
Employers are adapting their scheduling formats on the how, when, and where of work now that remote work is a continuing reality. Many employers are “relaxing” their respective in-office requirements. Some are creating hybrid and/or rotational working situations that swap 50% of employees in- and 50% out-of-office for three or four days at a time. Some employers are/have already created full-time remote and/or full-time in-office options.
WalletHub Survey on Remote Working and Living Categories
WalletHub, an online provider of financial services, just released results from its survey about how states are accommodating remote workers.
WalletHub asked remote workers in all 50 states and Washington DC about the two aspects of working remotely…1) the work category – share of remote workers pre-pandemic, high-speed internet access, and cyber-security risks and 2) the at-home or living environment category.
The at-home or living environment category included:
- Electricity and internet costs
- Lot and home sizes
- Household space per occupant
- Detached or attached housing
The “work “and “living” categories were scored separately and then totaled together to get to a final ranking score.
Some states did great in one category, such as Colorado’s #1 ranking in “work”, and terrible in another, Colorado came in 47th in the “living” category, and came in 12th overall.
Obviously, this WalletHub survey isn’t perfect plus some workers have their own personal deal breakers regardless of elements within either category. Still, this survey is a start as a reference point.
WalletHub’s Best Remote Working State
State “Working” “Living
- Delaware 4 22
2. North Carolina 8 12
3. Georgia 20 1
4. New Hampshire 7 44
5. Tennessee 12 3
6. Arizona 6 24
7. New Jersey 21 17
8. Texas 17 2
9. Utah 2 29
10. Oregon 10 30
WalletHub’s Worst Remote Working States
- West Virginia 37 34
2. Iowa 38 46
3. New Mexico 41 3
4. Wyoming 40 37
5. Montana 46 25
6. Arkansas 47 18
7. Mississippi 48 7
8. North Dakota 51 14
9. Hawaii 45 51
10. Alaska 50 49
Thanks to WalletHub and The New York Times.
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