Which cities are invaded by digital nomads?
Ah, millennials: their hatred of offices, their love of travel, and the expectation that everyone would accommodate their desire to work from the beach.
While much of this attitude often stems from generational resentments and stereotypes, the pandemic has pushed many who previously couldn’t be more mobile while working remotely on their laptops.
A study by online freelancing platform Upwork found that more than 26% of the U.S. workforce worked remotely for at least part of 2021.
But working remotely is much more enjoyable when you’re close to water, mountains, or a huge metropolis instead of a parent’s basement — or so Airbnb says. (ABNB) – Get the Airbnb Inc. report. found in a recent roundup cities and towns in the United States and Canada that have seen the most remote workers.
“With millions of people now more flexible about where they live and work, guests are spreading to thousands of cities this summer – more than 72,000 cities and towns, to be exact – and many are even ‘living’ on Airbnb for the entire season,” the short-term rental platform wrote.
Where do people go when they can go anywhere? Major cities and seaside towns
Los Angeles came out on top as the city where remote workers booked the most stays. Major cities like New York, San Francisco and Houston ranked in the top five in the United States, while Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver were the most popular in Canada.
Similar to Upwork’s findings, the short-term rental platform found that around 20% of those who booked Airbnb stays in 2021 were looking for remote work locations.
But due to the higher cost of rent in beach and beach towns, places like La Quinta in California and Delray Beach in Florida are the most lucrative for hosts.
In Canada, the resort town of Whistler and the city of Vancouver made the top five spots to win as hosts for very similar reasons.
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While residents often have to complain about digital nomads descending on a place and changing its culture, Oregon’s Bend proved the most hospitable to newcomers — 93.7% of guests who stayed there in 2021 earned a five-star review.
Smaller towns that see fewer tourists may be more likely to host digital nomads who contribute to the economy, but cities like Santa Fe in New Mexico and Halifax in Nova Scotia also had very high numbers of digital nomads. satisfied with their visitors.
Another criticism of the “digital nomad” lifestyle is that it is often depend on a certain “cushion” of material comfort may sponsor constant movement – often, independent wealth or a parental home to which one can retire at any time if one has run out of money.
A trend that should continue
But when it comes to affordability, cities like Tulalip, Washington and Catlett, Virginia had over 1,000 stays booked in Q1 2022, while the average price per night was $16.90 and $21, respectively. $80.
In Canada, the cheapest place popular with digital nomads was Trois-Rivières, Quebec, although an overnight stay was much more expensive at $35.60 per night.
Cities such as Irvine in California, Cincinnati in Ohio and Toronto in Ontario, meanwhile, had the most units equipped for long-term stays.
Although the traditional image of a digital nomad was that of a freelancer, this lifestyle is also becoming increasingly popular among a certain type of full-time employee.
While companies like JP Morgan (JPM) – Get the report from JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Google (GOOGL) – Get the Alphabet Inc. report. have been determined to bring employees back to the office, others have allowed employees to work remotely – and, as the numbers show, this flexibility has become a deciding factor for many job seekers.
“In the first week following the announcement [that employees could work from anywhere permanently,] Airbnb has received more than one million visitors to its career page, reinforcing people’s desire to live and work anywhere,” the company said.