Sep 26, 2022 - Business

Raleigh has one of the highest concentrations of remote workers

U.S. cities with greatest share of people working primarily from home in 2021
Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

The number of people primarily working from home tripled between 2019 and 2021, according to new survey results from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • And Raleigh, one of the country's growing tech clusters, is one of the leading cities for remote work.

By the numbers: Just more than one-third of workers in the Raleigh metro area worked primarily from home in 2021.

  • The share of remote work places Raleigh 11th on the rankings of U.S. cities with 300,000 residents or more.
  • The rate for remote work in the entire state was 18.8% — up 12.1 percentage points from 2019.
Change in share of people working from home, 2019–2021
Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

That's had ramifications on city centers, like the Fayetteville Street district in downtown Raleigh, which is primarily home to office buildings.

  • Foot traffic and businesses there have experienced a slower post-pandemic recovery — and now the city is hoping to use American Rescue Plan Act money to boost it.

Zoom in: Red Hat, one of the largest tech employers in Raleigh, recently told workers that they could work from home forever if they wish.


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