Working from home is best, worst in these states in 2021: report
Delaware was the best state overall for remote work, while Alaska was the worst state overall
Working from home appears to be here to stay -- but that doesn’t mean that some places aren’t better equipped for remote work than others, according to a recent survey.
On Tuesday, WalletHub published a report that found which U.S. states are the best and the worst for working from home.
For its report, the personal finance website compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on 12 measurements within two categories: “work environment” and “living environment.”
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Under “work environment,” WalletHub looked at the share of remote workers before the pandemic, the share of potential telecommuters, households’ internet access and cybersecurity in each state.
Meanwhile, under “living environment,” WalletHub calculated each state’s: average retail price of electricity, access to low-priced internet plans, internet cost and median square footage per average number of persons in a household.
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The “living environment” category also included calculations for each state’s share of detached housing units, average home square footage, share of homes with lot greater than 1,000 square feet and share of homes for sale with a swimming pool.
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Using those measurements, WalletHub found that Delaware is the best state overall for remote work, while Alaska is the worst state overall.
Aside from the overall ranking, WalletHub also found that Colorado had the best “work environment” and North Dakota had the worst, while Georgia had the best “living environment” and Hawaii had the worst.
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To see the top 10 overall rankings, here are the best and worst states -- including Washington, D.C. -- for working from home, according to WalletHub.
Best States for Remote Work
2. North Carolina
4. New Hampshire
7. New Jersey
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Worst States for Remote Work
49. North Dakota
44. New Mexico
42. West Virginia