Seattle Fares Well But Has Room to Improve as a City That Is Conducive for Employees Working Remotely

Nearly 8% of Seattle employees work from home, yet that figure has not grown much in recent years, study shows
Updated: Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:43
 
 
  • Nearly 8% of Seattle employees work from home, yet that figure has not grown much in recent years, study shows

Seattle cracked the top 25 in a national ranking of the best cities for working from home, coming in at No. 18, according to a study by personal-finance platform SmartAsset.

The percentage of employees working from home in Seattle as of 2018, the most recent data available, stood at 7.7%, the study reports, up only 0.6% over the past five years.

“Working from home is becoming more common,” the SmartAsset study states. “From 2014 to 2018, the national percentage of workers working remotely increased by almost 1 percentage point, from 4.5% to 5.3%. In fact, of the 100 cities in our study, only 17 saw decreases in the percentage of employees working from home over the past five years.”

The study assessed the nation’s 100 largest cities based on a number of variables, including the percentage of employees working from home, the five-year change in the percentage of employees working from home, the unemployment rate and housing costs as a percentage of earnings. The data was drawn from several sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, and a composite index score was developed for each city based on their scores across the variables.

Topping the rankings was Scottsdale, Arizona, with 14.4% of employees working remotely. It was followed by Denver, 8.7%; and Arlington, Virginia, 8.8%.  

Boise, Idaho, ranked fourth in the study, with 7.4% of its employees working from home, a bit under Seattle’s mark, but it also has experienced 3.6% growth in that measure over the five years ending in 2018. Portland, Oregon, ranked fifth, with 9.6% of its employees working remotely – up 2% over the five-year period.

“Cities in the West and South rank well,” the SmartAsset study concludes. “Six of the top 10 best cities to work from home are cities in Western states while the remaining four are located in Southern states.”

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