Tucson Ranked Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US
Written by: Sarah Kuta
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Millions of newly remote workers are pondering a move. If you're one of them, these cities have everything you need to thrive.
When the pandemic hit the U.S. last year, millions of jobs switched to remote work basically overnight, and as the year unfolded, many of those employers and employees realized this virtual work setup was, well, working. Major companies announced they’d be extending their work-from-home policies through at least 2021, if not indefinitely. People who had always been anchored to a city because of their job are now asking themselves a big question:
If you can work from anywhere, where do you want to live?
While you might technically be able to live anywhere, some places are certainly better suited for remote work than others. If you’re working virtually, you need fast, reliable internet. You need fun things to do when you’re not on the clock. You need a welcoming and inclusive community. You need easy access to transportation if you need to get back to the office at some point. You need cool places to co-work and meet up with people (when that’s something we can all do again).
Not only is Tucson, AZ, an affordable place to live and work remotely, but it also offers its 545,000 residents an incredibly high quality of life, with lots of ways to stay active and involved.
The warm southwestern climate is a huge perk of living here, since it makes it easy to get outside and explore during your lunch break and on the weekends — right out your front door, you’ll have your pick of miles of hiking trails and off-road bike trails, tons of rock climbing routes, satisfying bird-watching areas and more. Tucson is also a powerhouse of arts and culture, with a robust community of visual arts groups, top-tier performing arts venues, inspiring art galleries, innovative filmmakers and tons of public art to explore when you’re not working.
This city is home to the University of Arizona, a four-year public research institution, so if you’re charged with recruiting top talent for your company or if you just want to broaden your skillset, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. Other schools in Tucson include Pima Community College, Pima Medical Institute and Southwest University of Visual Arts.
In addition to high-speed internet throughout the city, Tucson is also home to a half-dozen co-working spaces (including one specifically designed for nonprofits!), so you’ll be able to find a community of fellow remote workers and entrepreneurs right off the bat.