Working remotely means you can live anywhere, right? Well…almost anywhere. There are certain standards that any city, town, or cabin in the woods must meet for the average telecommuter: good wifi, good coffee and good people, just to name a few.
If the big city is the only possible place that comes to mind, think again. At Pressable, our WordPress experts are scattered across the globe, from West Texas to Argentina. There are plenty of possibilities for your next personal headquarters if you are tired of the urban sprawl.
Here are ten not-too-off-the-map, tech-friendly cities where you can park your laptop and get cracking.
There’s a reason that Chattanooga has been on everyone’s mind recently. The “Gig City,” named for its incredible internet speeds, has drawn remote workers from across the country with its ongoing tech renaissance. City-wide public wifi means you can get to work anywhere, even at one of the city’s waterfront parks.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Southern charm, a deep history, beautiful beaches what more could you ask for? Charleston is a newfound tech haven, nicknamed “Silicon Harbor” as tech workers weary of city life make their way southeast. This means that there are ample opportunities to join coworking spaces and find a network of like-minded escapists who still want some ambient city noise (sometimes).
This coastal town is just 90 minutes from Seattle to the south and Vancouver to the north, and just an hour or so from all the camping, hiking, and skiing that the North Cascade range offers. Bellingham offers an extension of Seattle tech (and coffee) culture at a fraction of the cost and population density.
Surround yourself with the great outdoors in Colorado! Boulder is one of the smartest cities in the country, with 80% of the population having been to college, and 8.2% holding doctorates. You just might run into the researcher destined to cure cancer while hiking in the El Dorado Canyon or grabbing coffee on Pearl Street. And did we mention the 300 days of sun per year?
What Burlington (or Vermont in general) may lack in proximity to major cities and established entrepreneurial spirit, it makes up for in welcoming remote workers. The state is literally paying remote workers to move to there. Yes, you read that right. If you are looking for a quiet place to focus with access to the outdoors and a fun arts and culture scene, Burlington could be the place for you.
Population: 205, 671
You may have heard that Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, but don’t let that turn you away. Boise is still far from the crowd. And, believe it or not, Idaho has a growing wine industry and an ample outdoor scene, so you can take that day off to explore wineries of the Treasure Valley or the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
This city east of Philadelphia has had a business boom in the last ten years, allowing for simultaneous growth in culture. Wilmington is home to more museums than you could ask for, as well as some of Delaware’s best breweries. Plus, Wilmington is committed to its entrepreneurs – “Start It Up Delaware,” a public-private partnership aiming to bring entrepreneurial talent to the state, is one of many organizations and coworking spaces dedicated to helping you and your business build your network.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (or Kansas)
Kansas City is the biggest city on this list by far, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in small-town feel. Enjoy the benefits of an NFL team, a growing arts district, and all the BBQ you could ask for, all while taking advantage of the city’s friendly population and wealth entrepreneurial resources.
The California coast isn’t known for its affordability, but Oxnard is the exception. This quiet escape is just one hour north from the hustle and bustle of LA, and still full of resources for the remote worker. Spend your weekends sailing, surfing or sunning on the beach without worrying about your rent going up or your wifi going out.
Sarasota has always embraced the creative mind, and the recent opening of the HuB coworking space means this beach town is ready to welcome the remote worker as well. Sarasota is architecturally striking with an unusual amount of Italian-inspired homes and buildings. The beach town is also home to the United States’ first international street painting festival, the annual Sarasota Chalk Festival
At Pressable our favorite thing about WordPress is that it’s open-source. It can be worked on by anyone, anywhere. People from all over the world can contribute to it; make it better, faster, fix bugs, or create something amazing. So find somewhere that fits your personality. Find a place that will help you build creativity, engage with the world, and who knows? Maybe you’ll come up with the next big thing while sunbathing in Sarasota or chowing down on barbecue in Kansas City.