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Ownerly Unveils the 2022 America’s Best Cities for Remote Workers

Ownerly, a leading home valuation company and consumer resource whose mission is to put professional home value data and insight in users’ hands, has released its 2022 America’s Best Cities for Remote Workers: Great Outdoors.

The third installment of the Zoom Towns USA series includes new city rankings focused on factors like outdoor recreation, park access, city- and state-level fitness levels and gym options. In addition, metrics related to the overall well-being and lifestyle of a remote worker — home values, rental costs, web connectivity, safety, availability of coworking spaces, affordability of goods and services and availability of childcare services and restaurants — were factored into the rankings.

Top 10 cities for remote workers: great outdoors

   Rank   City, State Score
1 Santa Cruz, California 72.92
2 Auburn, Washington 69.14
3 Beaverton, Oregon 68.90
4 Bellingham, Washington 68.25
5 Portland, Maine 68.19
6 Napa, California 67.22
7 Fort Collins, Colorado 66.97
8 Hillsboro, Oregon 66.72
9 Lancaster, Pennsylvania 66.24
10 Thornton, Colorado 66.10

“Americans continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s remote work, travel restrictions or an overwhelming need for fresh air,” said Julianne Ohlander, a data analyst at Ownerly. “As many consider relocating to potentially ‘greener’ pastures, our analysis found that smaller cities and those in the West and Northeast may be best for remote workers with an active lifestyle.”

Oregon is the top state overall, with four cities represented in the top 25.

See the full list of top 25 cities for remote workers with active lifestyles here.

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