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San Antonio logs on as 6th best U.S. city for remote workers, Forbes says
With many companies encouraging — or commanding — remote workers to return to the office in 2023, more and more Americans are seeking employment opportunities that will give them the freedom to work from elsewhere.
San Antonio is (remotely) clocking in as the No. 6 best city for remote workers in 2023, according to a new study by Forbes Advisor. And that'll probably only get better in this burgeoning Central Texas mega-metro.
The study examined 100 U.S. cities and metro areas, and ranked them based on the earning potential of remote workers, internet access, lifestyle amenities, worker friendliness, living costs, and more.
Reliable wifi during office hours is perhaps a remote worker's most important tool. Fast internet speeds coupled with the wide variety of free Wi-Fi hotspots around the city earned San Antonio No. 7 in the category for "cities with the best internet access."
Austin was the only Texas city to outrank San Antonio in the internet access category, earning No. 3 with an average internet download speed of 425.90 Megabits per second (Mbps).
However, San Antonio-New Braunfels reigns as the overall best metro area in Texas for remote workers. And it's been high on similar lists in the past.
"Remote work saves workers time and money on commuting and office clothing, while keeping their morale and productivity levels high," the report said. "Ideally, you’d live in a place with an affordable cost of living, high earning potential, reliable internet connection, low taxes, a low unemployment rate, and various entertainment options."
Elsewhere in Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was the only metro area to rank in the top 15, while Austin-Round Rock fell way behind into No. 39. Surprisingly, Houston (No. 49) barely made it into the top 50, outranked by El Paso (No. 46). McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked No. 85.
The top 10 U.S. metro areas for remote workers are:
- No. 1 – Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida
- No. 2 – Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana
- No. 3 – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska-Iowa
- No. 4 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
- No. 5 – Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan
- No. 6 – San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
- No. 7 – Jacksonville, Florida
- No. 8 – Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
- No. 9 – Tuscon, Arizona
- No. 10 – Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio
The study can be found on forbes.com.