Ann Arbor named third best US city for remote work

Students attend the first home game of the season on Sept. 9, 2017 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Working from home is great, and remote workers in Tree Town are living the good life.

A new study from Teamwork has named the southeastern Michigan city as the third best city in the United States for those working remotely.

Teamwork, a project management platform, looked at publically available data tracking cost of living, transportation, climate, cost of meals and salary.

The platform found that while the average cost of living is $1,718.85, Ann Arbor’s moderate monthly costs for internet, gym memberships and the cost of an inexpensive meal balanced things out.

Averages costs for things like a ticket to a movie, a three-course meal for two and the cost of a beer were $11, $60 and $4, respectively. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment near the city center, on average, costs $1,407.14 and the average local salary is $5,677.43.

Weather was also factored into a city’s ranking. Despite being in snowy Michigan, Tree Town only averages 137 rainy days a year and 2,681 hours of sunshine (around 112 days worth) per year.

Take a look at the top 10 best cities for remote work:

CityAverage monthly salaryAverage cost of living scoreSalary/Cost of living index
Cheyenne, WY$5,166.67$1,088.95.21
Huntington, WV$3,500.00$1,032.47.29
Ann Arbor, MI$5,677.43$1,718.85.30
Columbus, OH$4,880.46$1,510.88.31
Dallas, TX$6,029.85$1,867.05.31
Little Rock, AR$3,380.74$1,075.26.32
Jacksonville, FL$4,580.38$1,529.02.33
Buffalo, NY$3,933.33$1,345.92.34
Albuquerque, NM$3,602.19$1,252.91.35
Burlington, VT$5,083.33$1,771.29.35

Check out more rankings here.

About the Author:

Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.