These are the 10 best places to work remotely


The 10 best places to work remotely

The best locations according to new research are Toronto (Canada), Madrid (Spain) and Auckland (New Zealand). Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels.

  • The ability to work from anywhere has become a reality and many workers are eager to start a new life elsewhere.
  • Remote’s “Best Destinations for Remote Work” is an in-depth statistical analysis and rating of each country in the world and the 50 US states.
  • The best performing locations in terms of Internet infrastructure, security, quality of life and other requirements are Toronto (Canada), Madrid (Spain) and Auckland (New Zealand).

Our way of working has changed. The future of work is (to a large extent) first and foremost at a distance.

Increasingly, companies are announcing plans to allow employees to work remotely, full time. Some well-known examples include Spotify, Twitter, Atlassian, Brex, Coinbase, Dropbox, Shopify, Square, Upwork, Slack, Quora, Basecamp, Okta, among others.

As a result, the possibility of working from anywhere has become a reality and many workers are eager to start a new life elsewhere.

Today (Oct 7e), the global HR startup Remote released a unique report on the best destinations for remote working. The report features the top 100 global destinations for remote workers, along with unique information about location-specific incentives.

Remote’s “Best Destinations for Remote Work” is an in-depth statistical analysis and rating of each country in the world and the 50 US states in seven relevant categories.

  1. Internet infrastructure – The Internet infrastructure is represented by the download speeds of fixed broadband connections.
  2. Attraction – Attractiveness refers to the attractiveness of a destination to visitors, which can include natural, urban, cultural and any other type of attraction. For example, the Maldives can be attractive for their beaches; New York can be attractive for its big city life; and Italy can be attractive for its cultural heritage.
  3. Security – Security reflects civic security, primarily with respect to local crime rates.
  4. Quality of life – The quality of life reflects a multitude of components that boil down to the happiness of residents. As measures of happiness are only observed subjectively through surveys, they are supplemented by other objective information (for example, air pollution).
  5. Opening – Openness reflects a societal willingness to accept the other, as well as a certain degree of government transparency.
  6. Cost of life – The cost of living reflects the price levels in different destinations, in particular the costs of housing.
  7. Incentives for remote workers – Incentives for remote workers include special types of visas, financial incentives, tax incentives and other measures and regulations that destinations have implemented to actively attract remote workers.

The 10 best destinations for remote work

Assigning equal weights to the seven components reviewed by Remote, the top 10 destinations for remote working are:

  1. Toronto, Canada
  2. Madrid, Spain
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Madeira, Portugal
  5. Helsinki, Finland
  6. Svalbard, Norway
  7. Berlin, germany
  8. Valparaiso, Chile
  9. Dublin, Ireland
  10. Sydney, Australia.

Finalists (based on different attributes)

Among the top 20 destinations, here are the top 3 places to live with a low cost of living:

  1. Madeira, Portugal
  2. Valparaiso, Chile
  3. Bucharest, Romania.

The 10 most attractive places in the continental United States are:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Denver, Colorado
  4. Concorde, New Hampshire
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. Miami, Florida
  7. Portland, Maine
  8. Montpellier, Vermont
  9. Jackson, Wyoming
  10. Seattle, Washington.

Keep in mind that only 4 of the above cities are in the world top 20.

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The best cities for quality of life

  1. Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Honolulu Hawaii
  3. Sydney, Australia
  4. Reykjavik, Iceland

Destinations with the best incentives for remote workers

Based on Remote’s research, 44 countries and 24 US states currently have special remote work incentives in the form of digital nomadic visas, tax incentives, relocation payments, housing incentives, and more.

Below are the top 10 destinations that offer incentives.

  1. Ecuador: Ecuador offers a “business visa” and the country has the lowest monthly income of any country, at $ 400.
  2. Aruba: Digital nomads can live and work in Aruba for up to 90 days through its One Happy Workation program. The program includes packages and reduced prices for local accommodation. The program is open to citizens of specific countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
  3. Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda offers a permanent residency program; to be eligible, workers must spend more than 30 days on site and have an annual income of at least $ 100,000. The advantages include:
    • No tax on global income or assets
    • No capital gains tax on worldwide income or assets
    • No inheritance tax on the world or assets
    • A flat tax rate of $ 20,000 per year.
  4. Belize: Belize allows non-citizens aged 45 and over to live, retire or work in Belize as long as the source of income is from outside Belize. Eligible individuals receive a pension or annuity of $ 2,000 per month or $ 24,000 per year.
  5. Green cap : Teleworkers in Cabo Verde are exempt from income tax.
  6. Emilia Romagna, Italy: Emilia Romagna offers the biggest cash incentive, paying young families (under 40) $ 34,000 to relocate.
  7. Topeka, Kansas: Topeka provides up to $ 5,000 in first year rental funds and up to $ 10,000 in home purchase funds as a relocation incentive.
  8. Colorado: Colorado gives employers cash rewards for each remote worker employed in an eligible rural county outside of the county where the project is based.
  9. Saint-Louis, Missouri: St. Louis, Missouri has the best housing incentive. Individuals can buy a city owned property for just $ 1.
  10. Mishima, Japan: Mishima gives workers 85,000 JP (around $ 775) per month for three years and, on top of that, workers can choose between a lump sum payment of 300,000 JP (around $ 2,730) or a calf on a move. .

The future of work is remote

“For a long time, workers were forced to live near major urban centers if they wanted to access the best employment opportunities. The freedom to work from anywhere allows employees to choose where to live – or where to travel – without compromising their work, ”said Job van der Voort, co-founder and CEO of Remote.

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