SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A new study has designated Scottsdale as the best city to work from home in the U.S. thanks to its strong job market.
SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked the city first in its report — a tall order as much of the country began working from home in 2020 after the onset of the pandemic. But working from home has become more common since at least 2014, the study said.
The study compared 100 of the nation’s largest cities by seven metrics: the percentage of employees working from home, the five-year change in percentage of employees working from home, unemployment rate, poverty rate, housing costs as a percentage of earnings, coffee shop density and bar density.
Scottsdale ranked in the top five for four out of those seven metrics. In 2019, about 17.9 percent of workers in the city worked from home. It also has the fourth-highest estimated percentage of the workforce that is able to work from home. It also has a low poverty rate: 6 percent as of 2019, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
A spokesperson for the city of Scottsdale did not immediately respond to Patch’s request for comment. Neither did a representative for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.
The top five also included Denver, Colo.; Arlington, Virg.; Boise, Ida. and Portland, Ore.
Nearby Gilbert cracked the top 10, coming in at number six. The east Valley city was highly-ranked thanks to its sheer number of remote workers. From 2014 through 2018, the percentage of remote workers in Gilbert grew by 3.2 percent.
Chandler also made the cut with the ninth spot on the list. Its low housing cost coupled with the number of remote employees helped boost the city into the top 10.
Mesa was the only other Arizona city to make the list in the 29th position.