Any ranking or list of “best states for X” or “worst states for Y” must necessarily be taken with a grain of salt for a variety of reasons. With that caveat in place, WalletHub today released its Best States for Working from Home, listing the 50 states and District of Columbia in order from best to worst.
I’m always relieved when Massachusetts or the Boston area don’t show up on the Worst side of any of these rankings since I know many people take them much more seriously than I do. At the same time, it’s always a little disappointing when my home turf isn’t listed among the best in these rankings.
With 71% of people whose jobs can be done remotely working from home all or most of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub’s report “highlights which areas are thriving and which are struggling in this pandemic economy,” the announcement says.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of workers working from home before COVID-19 to internet cost and cybersecurity.
WalletHub also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state. Together, these metrics show how feasible working from home is in terms of cost, comfort and safety.
Best States for Working from Home
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Worst States for Working from Home
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- Colorado has the highest share of the labor force working from home, 8.30 percent, which is 3.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 2.40 percent.
- New Hampshire has the highest share of households with a broadband internet subscription, 79.30 percent, which is 1.7 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 47.60 percent.
- Connecticut has the highest share of households with access to broadband speeds over 25 Mbps, 98.70 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 65.40 percent.
- South Dakota has the fewest cybercrime victims per 100,000 residents, 54.33, which is four times fewer than in Nevada, the state with the most at 214.68.
- Indiana has the lowest amount lost per victim as a result of internet crime, $2,466, which is 11.5 times lower than in Ohio, the state with the highest at $28,394.
- Oklahoma has the lowest residential retail price of electricity, 8.88 cents per kWh, which is 3.3 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 29.14 cents per kWh.
I wonder how AVTweeps feel about where their states ranked and if their work situation mirrors that of the WalletHub survey results? By now, we’ve all gotten used to working from home and most companies have established policies that will allow it to continue even after the pandemic ends.