Even as more and more companies are returning to the office, working from home remains a popular choice among employees.
A recent study by Microsoft, which surveyed 31,102 workers worldwide between January and February, found that 52% of people plan to move to full-time remote or hybrid work this year.
Some places, however, are more suited than others to remote and flexible working — at least according to a new report from WalletHub, which identifies the best and worst states for working from home.
To determine the list, the personal finance website compared 50 states and the District of Columbia on two key dimensions: work environment and living environment.
Twelve metrics were used, including internet cost, cybersecurity, average square footage of homes, and share of single-family dwellings, and the metrics were weighted differently. To calculate the overall score, each state’s weighted average across all measures was used.
Here are the 10 best states to work from home, according to WalletHub’s report:
1. New Jersey
Overall score: 66.75
Work environment classification: 5
Classification of living environments: 11
2. District of Columbia
Overall score: 64.29
Work environment classification: 1
Classification of living environments: 50
Overall score: 64.03
Work environment classification: 2
Classification of living environments: 38
Overall score: 62.18
Work environment classification: 12
Classification of living environments: 24
Overall score: 61.87
Work environment classification: 3
Classification of living environments: 44
Overall score: 61.87
Work environment classification: 6
Classification of living environments: 27
Overall score: 61.59
Work environment classification: 15
Classification of living environments: 1
Overall score: 61.57
Work environment classification: 11
Classification of living environments: 19
Overall score: 61.48
Work environment classification: 4
Classification of living environments: 41
10. New York
Overall score: 61.11
Work environment classification: 22
Classification of living environments: 5
WalletHub also identified the 10 worst states for working from home in its report: Alaska, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota and Arkansas topped the list, followed by Oklahoma, Wyoming, from Hawaii, New Mexico and West Virginia.
Northeastern states rank higher on the list because those locations tend to offer more remote jobs, have stronger internet access and cybersecurity to better support remote workers, said Jill Gonzalez, director of communications at WalletHub. , at CNBC Make It.
New Jersey claimed the top spot for its proximity to New York City, which offers many remote and hybrid job opportunities, as well as its high volume of single-family housing units.
“There are fewer people living on top of each other, in small, thin-walled apartments, like in some states with bigger cities,” Gonzalez says. “Having a bigger home and more outdoor space makes a huge difference in terms of well-being and makes working from home a little more enjoyable.”
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