Remote working has remained a mainstay in the global workforce since the beginning of the pandemic, and it is unlikely to diminish in popularity.
Because of that, workers are now reconsidering their living situation and whether working remotely from a new city may be preferable.
According to research from UpWork, around 14 to 23 million American workers have plans to move elsewhere due to remote working opportunities.
Online learning platform Preply used this revelation to review remote working conditions across the 74 most populated cities in the world.
The WORKATION Index used three factors to determine the best cities for remote working: quality of life, climate and environment, and cost and safety.
The top 10 cities for virtual work were:
- Brisbane, Australia
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Nicosia, Cyprus
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Helsinki, Finland
- Vienna, Austria
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Ottawa, Canada
- Reykjavik, Iceland
While Ottawa was the only North American city to land in Preply’s top ten, Phoenix, Arizona was the top scoring U.S city clocking in at 33.
Among the bottom ranked cities were New York, which came in at 72nd out of 74, namely due to its safety concerns and high cost of living. Additionally, Chicago came in at 69, Washington D.C. at 67, and Los Angeles at 58.
In last was Jakarta, Indonesia, which received a 0.0 score on the index.