The best cities for America's freelancers
Spokane, Washington, is the best city for freelancers with a relatively low cost of rent and adequate internet service, according to a new study from Neighborhoods.com
Why it matters: The 56.7 million Americans who work as freelancers often don't work in a traditional office setting, so being in a city that has sufficient internet service and is easy to navigate is important. American freelancers contribute about $1 trillion to the economy, per the Freelancers Union.
The study: Neighborhoods.com ranked 150 cities based on median rent, average internet speed, number of coffee shops per capita, income tax and ease of getting around using U.S. Census Bureau data.
- The study defined a freelancer as "anyone who is employed on a contract basis rather than being a permanent full-time employee for one company."
The worst cities for freelancers:
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Palmdale, California
- Port St. Lucie, Florida
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Corona, California
- Oceanside, California
- Worcester, Massachusetts
- Santa Clarita, California
- Lincoln, Nebraska