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Boulder Built for Remote Work

The study analyzed housing costs, percentage of remote workers, broadband connections and commute times.

ColoradoBiz Staff //June 7, 2024//

Illustration by Drew Thurston

Illustration by Drew Thurston

Boulder Built for Remote Work

The study analyzed housing costs, percentage of remote workers, broadband connections and commute times.

ColoradoBiz Staff //June 7, 2024//

A recent study has deemed Boulder the best metro area in the country for working remotely, while another Front Range city — Fort Collins — checks in at No. 7 nationally.

The study, by Florida-based professional agency directory DesignRush, analyzed housing costs, percentage of remote workers, broadband connections and commute times using the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Communications Commission data to come up with its ranking.

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Boulder’s high suitability for working remotely comes from its high percentage of people working from home at 20.8%, 114% above the national average of 9.7%; its high percentage of households with a broadband subscription at 93.3%, 6.3 percentage points above the national average of 87%; and cheap access to fiber internet with greater than 300 megabits per second download speed, based on the statewide average of $71.88 per month for urban internet connections, 22% below the national average.

Not surprisingly, Boulder lost points for its high cost of housing, at an average monthly cost of $1,709.50, 42% above the national average of $1,203.50 per month.

Fort Collins earned a No. 7 rank on the strength of the aforementioned statewide fiber internet rate and the city’s high percentage of remote workers, at 15.4%.

Rounding out the study, the Raleigh-Cary metro area of North Carolina ranked second, followed by the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro area of Texas; Bend, Oregon; Punta Gorda, Florida; Corvallis, Oregon; Fort Collins; Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro of Oregon-Washington; Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Ithaca, New York.

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood ranked just outside the top 10, at No. 11.

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