12 Best US Cities for Digital Nomads to Live in 2022

best us cities for digital nomads in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. and global job markets experienced an unprecedented shift toward remote work in 2022. This trend is expected to boost interest in the digital nomad lifestyle in 2022 and beyond, as office employees-turned-remote workers start to explore their new geographic freedom.

According to a study by MBO Partners, between 2019 and 2021, the number of remote workers increased by 49 percent, meaning that 15.5 million Americans currently work from home.

While some long-time digital nomads enjoy traveling the globe for years at a time, newer remote workers might prefer to test the waters with shorter trips. Ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions could also encourage many to choose domestic travel over international adventures in 2022.

“These destinations boast a mix of outdoor adventure and city perks that are appealing to the many young professionals who have transitioned to the nomadic lifestyle due to their newfound ability to work from anywhere,” said Tara Lewis, a trend expert at Yelp.

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Here are the top U.S. metro areas for digital nomads to live in 2022, according to Zillow and Yelp:

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1. Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville offers year-round sunny weather, 22 miles of sandy shoreline of some of the best Florida’s beaches and a plethora of desirable services and activities, including shared offices spaces, furniture assembly, golf lessons and brewery tours.

Average rental rate in Jacksonville: $1,411 per month.

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

2. Austin, Texas

Renowned for its music, artistic and food scenes, Austin is expected to be one of the hottest U.S. real estate markets in 2021. It also offers the most digital nomad-friendly amenities on the list, including coworking spaces and furniture rental services.

Average rental rates in Austin: $1690 per month.

3. Boise, Idaho

Boise is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with plenty of rivers, lakes and hiking trails. It also has many services critical to digital nomads with mobile homes, including RV repair and RV parking.

Average rental rates in Boise: $1,554 per month.

4. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville City Neon Signs

Remote workers who love country music, great food and shopping will feel at home in Nashville. This city has everything a digital worker needs.

Average rental rates in Nashville: $1,570 per month.

5. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is stacked with rental properties, top-notch restaurants and outdoor activities.

Average rental rates in Charleston: $1,708 per month.

6. San Jose, California

While it’s no shock that Silicon Valley is packed with all the services a digital nomad could ever need, newcomers may be pleasantly surprised by its booming international food scene and nearby outdoor activities.

Average rental rates in San Jose: $2741 per month.

Downtown San Jose, California

7. Fort Collins, Colorado

Beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will love Fort Collins’ stellar line-up of craft breweries and extensive network of parks and hiking trails.

Average rental rates in Fort Collins: $1,735 per month.

8. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is known for its live bluegrass music, incredible cuisine and easy access to the Appalachian mountains.

Average rental rates in North Carolina: $1,208 per month.

Asheville, North Carolina, USA at twilight.

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s not a gamble for remote workers to set up shop in Las Vegas. The Strip offers plenty of services, nightlife and shopping, and the surrounding area offers ample hiking trails and outdoor activities. Housing is also plentiful and relatively cheap.

Average rental rates in Las Vegas: $1421 per month.

10. Salt Lake City, Utah

Digital nomads who love skiing, biking, camping or fishing will want to check out Salt Lake City. The city is home to some of the best ski slopes in the world and offers an enviable list of outdoor recreational activities.

Average rental rates in Salt Lake City: $1,478 per month.

11. Miami, Florida

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Miami is rapidly becoming a favorite destination for digital nomads and remote workers who seek to be surrounded by like-minded folks. The city is a major international trade hub, with a diverse range of banks and corporations, which means it also offers prenty of opportunities to get involved in exciting projects.

And of course, its world-class restaurants and VIP entertainment make Miami the perfect place to go as a digital nomad.

Average rental rates in Miami: $1,998 per month.

12. Charleston, South Carolina

Thanks to beautiful architecture, world-class restaurants, and more, Charlestown has been rated Travel & Leisure’s top city in the US for years. Charleston is best for remote workers and digital nomads looking to save money (at least during the off-season) while still enjoying world-class restaurants, nightlife and bars.

The city is also known for its networking gatherings at upscale co-working spaces.

Average rental rates in Charleston: $1,708 per month.