The world is changing, and so is the way we think about our careers. Remote work is on the rise, while office jobs, 9-to-5 shifts, and fixed holidays are (almost) behind us. More and more people are looking for location independence – the freedom to combine work and travel. If you’re thinking of giving up the desk job, maybe it’s time to become a Digital Nomad.
But is there a specific way to be a Digital Nomad? No, and that’s the point – the concept is different for everybody. But one thing’s for sure – Digital Nomads are not perpetual tourists. Most tend to live in one place for a few months, and pack up and move on when it’s time to explore something new.
So if you want to be a Digital Nomad, where is the best place to start? The most popular places are where the sun is shining, the prices are low, and the living is easy. But at Spotahome, we wanted to put more of a focus on cities. We’ve created a ‘Digital Nomad’ index that compares 56 different cities across the world. Each city is ranked on how well it performs across 9 different factors. If you’d like to learn more about our research process, please consult the methodology.
Quality of Coworking Spaces
Average Rental Cost
Cafes with Free Wi-Fi
Green Space and Parks
Cost of Beer
Annual Sunshine Hours
Each category consists of the latest data available from reputable sources, and is standardised using minmax normalisation:
This results in a score between 0 and 10 for each data point.
City level data is used for the majority of the categories in this study. As a result, each city has a unique score. The only data point that uses country level data is Migrant Acceptance - so for this category, the scores are only unique to each country.
Evaluates the average fixed broadband speed within a city.TestMy.net
Compiles the average Google rating of up to a total of 60 Coworking spaces.Google Places API
Analyses the presence of Startups within a city, looking at Coworking spaces and Startup accelerators.StartupBlink
Presents country-level data from Gallup's Migrant Acceptance Index.Gallup World Poll
Looks at city-level data from Numbeo for the average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment.Numbeo
Extracts data from Tripadvisor for cafes with free Wi-Fi.Tripadvisor
Crowdsourced data on the quality of green space and parks within a city.Numbeo
Looks at the average cost of beer in different cities.Expatistan
Analyses the average hours of sunshine within a city.
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