Written By Lance Cody-Valdez
Remote work is on the rise in the U.S., and employers are discovering the benefits of contracting freelancers to handle work that doesn't require them to work in the office. As a result, digital nomads are popping up everywhere. The most appealing perk of this type of self-employment is that you can live anywhere. Here, you will discover four of the top cities in the U.S. for digital nomads, with information on the cost of living, quality of life, co-working spaces, and good neighborhoods to search for your new home.
1. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is the home of country music. It's rich with culture, great food, and excellent shopping. The average rent is around $1,500 per month, which is below the national average, and the city has boasted a low cost of living for years. Additionally, the quality of life is high with booming local technology and healthcare industries.
Digital nomads tend to stay closer to the downtown area, but if you are looking for an affordable neighborhood with plenty of housing and lively nightlife, The Gulch is located just south of downtown and is within walking distance to co-working spaces and cafes with internet access.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a beautiful historic city with a booming restaurant industry and an excess of housing in areas with great nightlife and outdoor activities. The average rental rate near downtown is around $2,000. One study shows a breakdown of expenses for Charleston residents that presents a place that is more suitable for singles. It can be expensive for families.
If you’d prefer to live in a historical part of the city, South of Broad is a great neighborhood full of character, but the real estate is pricey. Mount Pleasant is a busy suburb known for the young professionals living there. It has plenty of shared workspaces and housing.
3. Salt Lake City, Utah
Digital nomads with a passion for outdoor life will love Salt Lake City. Since you make your own schedule, you can spend your free time hiking, biking, camping, or skiing. The average rent for one person is around $1,500, making it one of the more affordable places on this list, and the cost of living is right around the national average with food and energy well below it.
If you are looking for a neighborhood with close access to the heart of the city, Central City is right by several light rail stops and has some of the best dining and shopping. You can find co-working spaces with reliable high-speed internet and modern condos among a diverse population. There are also many bike paths near new apartments and small family homes if you don’t have a vehicle.
4. Austin, Texas
Austin is known for music, art, and great food. This city appears as if it was designed for digital nomads. There are affordable rentals available and an abundance of furniture rental places and shared office space in every neighborhood because Austin caters to corporate executives that travel there often.
The cost of living is well below the national average. However, because the city is spread out over such a large area, public transportation isn't as readily available outside of downtown, but the downtown area happens to be one of the best neighborhoods.
Weigh the pros and cons of your favorite cities before you decide to move, and remember that planning and preparation are essential if you’re moving from another state.
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