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These Are the Top 100 Affordable Places for Remote Workers to Live in America

The results are in. Did your city make the list?

By Cara Sanders on November 2, 2021

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For seven years, Livability editors and data scientists have combined our obsessions with cities and data to create our annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.

Every time we make this list, we look at hundreds of data points and examine more than 1,000 cities based on economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.

Since last year, the whole world has changed and the way we work is completely different.

In 2021, many of the things that used to be a given about where and how we live suddenly became open-ended questions: 

If a remote job allowed you to work anywhere, what factors would you consider most important when deciding where to relocate? 

What monthly housing cost would you consider affordable? 

How have your housing needs and priorities changed since the start of the pandemic? 

Right now, millions of people are reevaluating where they want to live. If you’re one of them, this list is for you. We analyzed more than 1,000 small to mid-sized cities on factors like safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, community engagement. Respondents were asked if they could work from anywhere, which factors would be most heavily considered when choosing to relocate and how housing needs and priorities have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Since March 2020, more than 42% of the U.S. population has either moved or considered moving

These 100 cities offer the exact things so many of us are craving right now: connection, affordability, and the space and opportunity to grow.

If you’re a young person looking for a fresh start, or you’re sick of spending your whole paycheck on rent in a big city, this list is for you. At Livability, our goal is to help you discover your best place to live. These 100 cities are unique, welcoming, affordable and bursting with opportunities.

The only thing they’re missing is you.

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