Salt Lake City ranked among best cities for ‘digital nomads’
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Salt Lake City has been named one of the best cities for digital nomads to settle in in a new report.
A “ digital nomad ” is someone who uses technology for a living and often works remotely from public spaces, coworking spaces, RVs, or even other cities and countries.
A recent report examines metropolitan areas in the United States and ranks them on a “digital nomad index.” Cities were rated based on various criteria, including the availability of affordable and flexible rental housing for community services like outdoor adventure spaces.
Salt Lake City ranked 10th on the list, created by Yelp and Zillow. Jacksonville, Fla. Took the top spot, followed by Austin, Texas. The capital of Utah was overtaken by Las Vegas.
According to the rankings, Salt Lake City is most popular for its nearby ski trails and other outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. These “endless options” have earned Salt Lake City a high place on the list.
Here are the top ten cities for digital nomads, according to Yelp and Zillow:
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Austin, Texas
- Boise, Idaho
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Charleston, South Carolina
- San jose, california
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Las Vegas
- Salt lake city
Are people moving to Utah?
the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit research organization, says recent analysis of USPS change of address data indicates Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are the top states seeing people move In the region. United, a moving company, reports that Oregon, Idaho and Arizona were the main states to relocate from the region. Another moving company, Atlas, includes Utah with Idaho and Nevada as primary targets.
Analysis of USPS data shows that residents who move to Utah come from these five states:
- Arizona (32.4%)
- California (26.9%)
- Wyoming (10.2%)
- Texas (10.2%)
- Iowa (10.2%)
Regardless, the Beehive State is not among the first 10 states to see an influx of new out-of-state residents. If so, the Utah Foundation says it could help explain the rise in housing costs and rental rates. Instead, the organization says that a different group of people are to blame, at least in part.
So why are the costs going up?
A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that among the 96 largest metropolitan areas in 2020, most lost their populations. The Utah Foundation explains that, primarily, the loss was due to a decrease in the influx of residents, not a mass exodus of those who were leaving.
The Provo-Orem region has seen 39 fewer people per 100,000 move in, for example, showing that people aren’t flooding outside the region, there are just fewer moves.
In Salt Lake City, fewer people moved in in 2020 compared to recent years. And while a recent report showed that 26% of Salt Lake City renters are looking to move to a new city, fewer people actually left the Utah capital last year, contributing to the population growth of the city.
“And less people leaving, it’s functionally equivalent to more people arriving,” says the Utah Foundation.
Based on this data, the organization claims that residents of the Salt Lake metro are at least partially responsible for the rise in house prices and rents, as they have not moved at the same rate as in previous years.