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Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

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Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

Before the COVID-19 crisis, 4.9% of the U.S. workforce worked from home full-time. Now, nearly everyone who can is working from home due to ongoing pandemic concerns, and many companies are switching to remote work indefinitely.

According to a recent survey, more than three-quarters of office workers who’ve been working remotely say they would prefer to work from home more often, even after the pandemic ends.

Does it matter where you’re working from if you work from home, though? Many people think having a remote job will allow them to work from anywhere they choose. But the truth is that the vast majority of remote jobs require workers to reside in a specific geographic location.

Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

Why Do Remote Jobs Require a Location?

Close to 95% of remote jobs have location or geographic requirements, such as a city, state, region of a country, or country. That means that only 5% of remote, work-from-home positions are truly work-from-anywhere jobs, and that’s really important for job seekers to know if they want to land a remote job.

The most common reasons employers need their remote workers based in a specific area include legal, taxation, professional licensing, training, and regular in-person meetings.

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Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

So, if remote positions usually have location requirements, where are the most remote jobs? The following 15 states have had the highest number of remote job listings in the last year and a half, since January 1, 2019. The state’s current remote worker population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is also noted along with the top three cities with the most remote workers, and remote-friendly companies across the state.

States With the Most Remote Jobs

1. California: 6%

Cities in California with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Berkeley: 11.6%
  2. Santa Monica: 9.6%
  3. Pleasanton: 9.5%

Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in California:

  1. LanguageLine Solutions
  2. Robert Half International
  3. Salesforce

2. Texas: 5.2%

Cities in Texas with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. The Woodlands: 11.3%
  2. Sugar Land: 8.8%
  3. Austin: 8.2%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Texas:

  1. Dell Technologies
  2. GreatAuPair
  3. Working Solutions

Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

3. New York: 4.5%

Cities in New York with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. New York City: 4.3%
  2. Syracuse: 4.2%
  3. Rochester: 2.9%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in New York:

  1. iTutor.com
  2. JPMorgan Chase
  3. Sutherland

4. Florida: 6.2%

Cities in Florida with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Delray Beach: 9.5%
  2. Clearwater: 9%
  3. Miami Beach: 8.6%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Florida:

  1. SYKES
  2. Kaplan
  3. Kforce

Top 15 states with most remote jobs for 2020

5. Illinois: 5.1%

Cities in Illinois with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Naperville: 10.1%
  2. Evanston: 7.9%
  3. Arlington Heights: 6.2%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Illinois:

  1. Alight Solutions
  2. JLL – Jones Lang LaSalle
  3. VocoVision

6. Virginia: 5.6%

Cities in Virginia with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Arlington: 5.7%
  2. Alexandria: 5.3%
  3. Roanoke: 4.1%
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Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Virginia:

  1. K12
  2. Leidos
  3. Strayer University

7. Pennsylvania: 5.1%

Cities in Pennsylvania with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Pittsburgh: 4.8%
  2. Philadelphia: 4.4%
  3. Allentown: 3.7%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Pennsylvania:

  1. GLOBO
  2. Haynes & Company
  3. PNC

8. North Carolina: 6%

Cities in North Carolina with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Asheville: 8.3%
  2. Charlotte: 6.9%
  3. Raleigh: 6.9%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in North Carolina:

  1. IQVIA
  2. PPD – Pharmaceutical Product Development
  3. PRA Health Sciences

9. Georgia: 5.9%

Cities in Georgia with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Columbus: 8%
  2. Atlanta: 7.2%
  3. Sandy Springs: 5.5%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Georgia:

  1. NCR Corporation
  2. Randstad
  3. Secureworks

10. Massachusetts: 5.3%

Cities in Massachusetts with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Newton: 10%
  2. Worcester: 6.4%
  3. Cambridge: 6.2%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Massachusetts:

  1. Aquent
  2. PAREXEL
  3. Thermo Fisher Scientific

11. Washington: 6.5%

Cities in Washington with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Bellevue: 8.2%
  2. Seattle: 7.6%
  3. Renton: 5.7%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Washington:

  1. Amazon
  2. Auth0
  3. eXp Realty

12. New Jersey: 4.7%

Cities in New Jersey with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Jersey City: 3.5%
  2. Camden: 1.9%
  3. Newark: 1.6%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in New Jersey:

  1. Achieve Test Prep
  2. Covance
  3. Merck

13. Colorado: 8.6%

Cities in Colorado with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Boulder: 14.9%
  2. Broomfield: 9.4%
  3. Denver: 8.2%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Colorado:

  1. AFIRM
  2. DISH Network
  3. TTEC

14. Arizona: 6.8%

Cities in Arizona with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Scottsdale: 10.7%
  2. Mesa: 6.6%
  3. Flagstaff: 5.9%

Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Arizona:

  1. BroadPath Healthcare Solutions
  2. Grand Canyon University – GCU
  3. Magellan Health

15. Minnesota: 6.1%

Cities in Minnesota with the highest populations of remote workers:

  1. Plymouth: 9.2%
  2. Eagan: 6.3%
  3. St. Paul: 6%
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Remote-friendly companies headquartered in Minnesota:

  1. Edmentum
  2. UnitedHealth Group
  3. Walden University

Remote Work Trends

Commute stress is routinely cited as one of the primary reasons workers seek remote jobs. And, 60% of employees working from home during the pandemic say their work-life balance has improved because they’re no longer commuting to the office. With the average daily commute at 27.1 minutes one way, employees who work remotely half-time (about two to three days per week) stand to gain back 11 days a year just from not commuting as much!

Due to the fact that COVID-19 forced many companies to implement remote work on the fly, employees who otherwise wouldn’t be working virtually now are. In fact, a recent survey conducted by IBM found that 54% of employees would prefer to primarily work remotely.

And Zillow reports that more than half of homebuyers who work remotely say remote work influenced a major home change. For instance, remote work means that you don’t necessarily have to live in the same city as your employer, and aren’t forced to live in a larger (and more expensive) metropolitan area.

Furthermore, several cities and states now offer incentives for remote employees to move to their location. Oklahoma, Vermont, Alabama, and Colorado are some states that currently have remote worker incentive programs.

Find a Remote Job By Location

What if your state isn’t on this list? Here’s how to find remote jobs that let you work from wherever you’re located.

From the FlexJobs “Advanced Job Search” page, enter your location, either in the “U.S. Location” section or by choosing your country from the “International” section. Then select your remote work level and click the “Search for Jobs” button to see current listings that fit your criteria!

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