If youve wondered where all these folks reside who work from home instead of making the daily drudge into the office, Richard Florida has helped you. Writing for The Atlantic Cities, Florida extracted some of the most current information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here are the top ten MSAs by the percentage of workers over age 16 working from their homes:
Boulder, CO (10.9); Medford, OR (8.4); Santa Fe, NM (8.3); Kingston, NY (8.1); Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (7.9); Mankato-North Mankato, MN (7.7); Prescott, AZ (7.6); Saint Cloud, MN (7.6); Athens-Clarke County, GA (7.5); Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (7.3).
The data also indicate certain factors associated with work-from-home situations. Those factors include adults holding college degrees; the amount of workers involved in knowledge, professional, and creative jobs; innovation; and high-tech industry presence. This makes sense because these factors tend to feed off of each other. Finally, the data indicate increased happiness among workers who office from home.
In looking at the above factors, my guess is they will tend to expand in the future. Therefore, the proportion of workers performing their duties from home via technology will likely continue to increase.
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