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15 best cities for teleworking

Teleworking has faced some challenges in the past, but some cities are making an effort to make it work.

In a Microsoft-published survey, Atlanta, Georgia came out on top as far as cities most friendly to teleworking.

The report, Work Without Walls, surveyed more than 4,500 IT workers from 15 cities to determine the top-ranked teleworking cities. The survey's index figures are based on preferences for teleworking, company policies supporting remote working, and the technologies behind teleworking. The top 15 cities are:

1. Atlanta 109.07 2. Dallas 105.91 3. Phoenix: 105.06 4. Seattle: 102.74 5. Denver: 102.53 6. Boston: 101.90 7. Washington, D.C.: 101.48 8. San Francisco: 101.27 9. Houston: 100.42 10. Minneapolis: 98.95 11. New York City: 95.78 12. Philadelphia: 95.36 13. Los Angeles: 94.3 14. Detroit: 92.41 15. Chicago: 91.98

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13 comments
Admiral70
Admiral70

I find it hard to find jobs that will allow you to telework from the beginning. Hopefully that will increase as the awareness arises.

kathismom
kathismom

Denver is great in the summer and the driving can be total crap in the winter. Key words, "can be". I live in Boulder & was commuting to Highlands Ranch 3 to 4 times a week so I know where the speed traps are on 25 and on 70 and how to drive in snow. There is a reason Subaru's and all wheel drive cars are necessary. Out of the 3+ tech companies I worked, on gave us snow day's and had the other coast cover and the others either rented out hotel rooms, but give me the option of working from home? Nope. Not in my position. If you work in Denver it's just easier to live there and the tech center area - yuck. Seattle? Rains too much. If you can't live in New England because it's too cloudy and grey - not Seattle.

nyexpat
nyexpat

I have yet to find a company that TRULY practices this. Could you provide a list? Now THAT would help!

rwtodd2007
rwtodd2007

I would consider Denver, Boston as winter cities as well. I know for a fact Minneapolis/St Paul is a VERY winter city. 2.5-3 hr commutes each way last winter for me.

Chaihana Joe
Chaihana Joe

Strange, though, that all 15 are located in the USA?

Non-techie Talk
Non-techie Talk

4 of the 5 top cities don't have harsh winters. 4/5 cities in the 11-15 tier are "winter cities." I might have assumed that companies in winter cities would do more to support teleworking and make life easier on their people by providing an option rather than contend with foul weather commutes? Of course, that 11-15 tier is still on this "top 15 list", so they are doing more than the rest. But, within this set, it's still curious to me that the line up is what it is. http://nontechietalk.blogspot.com

wpeckham
wpeckham

Now can we cross index that with cost of living and salary expectations? Seriously: nice list.

Non-techie Talk
Non-techie Talk

Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and Phoenix are not winter cities. Those are the 4 of 5 top cities. Denver, in 5th, I do consider a winter city, hence I didn't say all top 5 are winter cities. As for Boston, of course it's also a winter city, but in 6th position, it was outside my comparative samples (I took the "top" and "bottom" five for sake of comparison, I could have taken the top and bottom six, or just split it down the middle, but I didn't, just because). While we're at it, look at the cities in 6th through 10th - I'd call 3 of them (Boston, DC, Minni) winter cities, and 2 of them (SanFran, Houston) not winter cities. I just broad-brush-stroked these as a middling "regression to the mean", hence I simply dismissed them to focus on the two extreme ends, the top 5 and the bottom 5. The question is - why do the companies with offices in winter cities not offer more telework flexibility? Is it because the sun cities have less public transit so traffic is worse, while more winter cities have public transit which is assumed to ease commuting headaches? Or...is it that sun cities have more of a wi-fi coffee shop culture while winter cities aren't as accustomed to working "from somewhere else?" Or, is it that sun cities have less big downtown buildings, whereas winter cities have a more built-up downtown with plenty of cheap office space? Or...?????

Non-techie Talk
Non-techie Talk

This survey was done by an American company (Microsoft) for American purposes. I'm sure French companies do surveys in France that aren't concerned with what's happening in Germany. If they ought to have included, for example, Canadian cities, they'd likely delegate it to Microsoft Canada to handle it.

Fairbs
Fairbs

I think it's what you mention and more... Culture, Attitudes towards the environment and on and on. People in cold cities also know how to drive in the bad weather so personally I would rank bad traffic (ie LA) as a bigger reason for wanting to telecommute. I notice Seattle is on the list, but not Portland, OR. I think that could be attributed in part to the god awful traffic seen in Seattle especially since Portland and Seattle have a lot of similarities with Portland being Seattle's little hippy sister. I took a course in environmental management systems and by far the biggest environmental impact (of most businesses) is the workers commute. Due to that fact alone, let's hope the trend of telecommuting expands greatly.

manuelramoscaro
manuelramoscaro

On a global context with readers all around the world. It's look like the best telework places are all and only on USA.

Fairbs
Fairbs

dallas companies that practice telecommuting This comes up w/ some interesting looking links. On a different note. My next door neighbor and her next door neighbor both telecommute. One's a coder and the other is an engineer of some sort. I think about 90% of my job could be done remotely.

nyexpat
nyexpat

Actually that should be a :-( Seriously, with whom in the polling co. do we need to speak to get a list of companies that TRULY practice this? If ANYONE out there can provide a Dallas list PLEASE let us know! Am supposing, though, that telecommuting only goes down to the managerial level. Companies might "say" they practice it, but never really allow it or want you to do it.

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