America’s best cities for freelancers ranked: Texas dominates

America’s best cities for freelancers ranked: Texas dominates

Freelancer jobs and careers are on the rise. Freelancing provides remote workers the opportunity to work and live wherever they want. It also includes skills such as self-management, budgeting and adjusting to a non-traditional work schedule. A recently released study by examined the top American cities for freelancers in 2019. To determine the rankings, they analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from more than 150 cities and compared those cities across five metrics:


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Main factors

  1. Median rent (one-bedroom apartment)
  2. Average internet speed (MBps)
  3. Number of coffee shops per capita (per 100,000 people)
  4. Income taxes (based on the median freelancer income of $52,074)
  5. Ease of getting around town (based on the average of combined walkability, transit and biking score)

Internet speed was included in this analysis of top cities for freelancers because of the importance of fast and accessible internet is for freelance workers. Being able to get your work done on time and efficiently is of the upmost importance. The analysis showed that the state of Texas performed remarkably well for internet speed with 6 cities in the top 30 of the rankings.

The authors of this study also thought it was important to include the ease of getting around score. Freelancers often have to meetup with clients or have meetings away from their home so being able to get around the city is important.

Coffee shops per capita was also included in the analysis because this is where so many freelancers work on a daily basis.

Each metrics were graded on a 100-point scale. They then determined an overall score by taking the weighted average across each metric for each city. From there they revealed the best ten cities for freelancers, the worst ten cities for freelancers as the top thirty overall cities. Let’s take a look at the results:

Best U.S. cities for freelancers

  1. Spokane, Washington
  2. Vancouver, Washington
  3. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  4. Tempe, Arizona
  5. Scottsdale, Arizona
  6. Orlando, Florida
  7. Las Vegas, Nevada
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Hialeah, Florida
  10. Tampa, Florida
  11. Cincinnati, Ohio
  12. Houston, Texas
  13. Knoxville, Tennessee
  14. Tacoma, Washington
  15. Austin, Texas
  16. Reno, Nevada
  17. Garland, Texas
  18. Dallas, Texas
  19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  20. Petersburg, Florida
  21. Sacramento, California
  22. Wilmington, North Carolina
  23. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  24. Henderson, Nevada
  25. Irving, Texas
  26. Salt Lake City, Utah
  27. Paul, Minnesota
  28. Arlington, Texas
  29. Tucson, Arizona
  30. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Worst U.S. cities for freelancers

  1. Lexington, Kentucky
  2. Palmdale, California
  3. Port St. Lucie, Florida
  4. Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Memphis, Tennessee
  6. Corona, California
  7. Oceanside, California
  8. Worcester, Massachusetts
  9. Santa Clarita, California
  10. Lincoln, Nebraska

To see the full analysis from, check out the graphic below.

best cities for freelancers

best cities for freelancers


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