The Freelance Life
San Antonio is brimming with freelance talent — and for good reason. Not only is there freedom in working for yourself, a new study says Alamo City is one of the best cities to do it.
NerdWallet looked at stats like affordability, percentage of self-employed workers, and cellphone coverage in the 50 most populous U.S. cities to determine the rankings. San Antonio ranks No. 19.
Almost 6 percent of San Antonians are self-employed, and they make about $1,453 per month after taxes. The median monthly rent here in 2014 was $873, and the average health insurance premium is $173, the lowest in Texas. The monthly cellphone cost is $84, and our cell coverage is 69 percent better than the national average.
It seems freelancers across the Lone Star State have it made, as four other Texas cities are in the top 20, including Austin, at No. 1.
"Freelancers living [in Austin] had the second-highest percentage (38 percent) of income left over after paying for housing, health insurance, and cellphone services," says the financial website. Self-employed folks there bring home $2,179 a month after taxes.
Dallas is the third best spot for freelancers, followed by Fort Worth (No. 8) and Houston (No. 15).