Working From Home Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic? These Are the Best and Worst States to Be In

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Working From Home Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic? These Are the Best and Worst States to Be In

Working From Home Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic? These Are the Best and Worst States to Be In

Where to live if you’re liking this WFH situation
Working From Home Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic? These Are the Best and Worst States to Be In

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Working from home was already becoming more commonplace, then it became the reality for many non-essential workers who were not laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convenience of working from home, however, varies depending on where you live.

WalletHub released a list comparing the work-from-home conditions in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., after reviewing 12 metrics: share of workers working from home, share of potential telecommuters, households’ internet access, level of cybersecurity, average retail price of electricity, access to low-priced internet plan, cost of internet, share of detached housing units, share of homes for sale that have a lot bigger than 1,000 square feet, share of homes for sale with a swimming pool, and average home size, as well as how crowded those homes are.

Using these metrics, each state was given a ranking for its living environment and its work environment before being given an overall rank for how good it is for anyone seeking to work from home.

#51 Alaska

#51 Alaska

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Alaskans live in a state with plenty of natural beauty, which is lucky considering it’s also the worst state to be staying inside working from home. Alaska had the worst working environment out of all 50 states and the nation’s capital, due in large part to having the worst cybersecurity and some of the highest electricity bills.

#50 Hawaii

#50 Hawaii

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Hawaii is the happiest state in America, but Hawaiians might not be too happy about working from home. The state came in second to last, ranking last in living environment and was the state with the most expensive electricity.

#49 Mississippi

#49 Mississippi

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Despite receiving a ranking in the top 15 for living environment, Mississippi is the third-worst place to work from home. It has the highest share of people who could telecommute but had the lowest share of people actually doing so before the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi households also ranked lowest in access to internet, which might explain why the state scored so poorly in its adherence to social distancing guidelines.

#48 Arkansas

#48 Arkansas

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Arkansas ranked No. 48 on the list, with its household internet access among the worst in the nation. The share of Arkansans working from home is also one of the lowest in the country, but Arkansas was given the nickname “The Natural State” for a reason, so perhaps the commute isn’t too bad.

#47 Oklahoma

#47 Oklahoma

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Coming in at No. 47, Oklahoma also ranked among the states with the least access to internet in its households and has some of the highest internet costs. However, electricity is among the cheapest in the country, although that doesn’t mean Oklahomans shouldn’t try their best to be sustainable in their everyday lives.

#46 North Dakota

#46 North Dakota

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People living in North Dakota benefit from being in the state with the lowest average retail price of electricity in the country, but it’s also among the five states with the lowest share of potential telecommuters. As a result, North Dakota has a pretty average living environment ranking but is among the lowest scored working environments, landing it at No. 46.

#45 Rhode Island

#45 Rhode Island

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Rhode Islanders may want to look into some easy ways to start saving money, because they pay the second-highest electricity bills in the country. Ranked at No. 45, the state is among the worst states to work from home.

#44 Iowa

#44 Iowa

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Iowa is No. 44 in terms of its work from home conditions, ranking at No. 38 and 42 for work and living environment respectively. However, Iowans can improve their work-from-home setup with some great tips from Marie Kondo.

#43 Wyoming

#43 Wyoming

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Wyoming received an average ranking for its living environment, but ranked in the bottom at No. 45 for its work environment, leading to an overall standing at No. 43.

#42 Washington, DC

#42 Washington, DC

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The nation’s capital landed itself at No. 42 because although the government workers and other employees of the historic city have the fourth-best work environment in the country while at home, the living environment is the second worst.

#41 West Virginia

#41 West Virginia

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While West Virginians may benefit from having the lowest average home prices in America, being at home for work doesn’t seem to be worth it. The state ranked No. 41 in terms of working from home.

#40 Missouri

#40 Missouri

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Missouri notably ranks among the five cheapest states for electricity bills but is only 40th overall. Hopefully, benefits such as that can help alleviate some of the circumstances for the many who have filed unemployment claims as a result of coronavirus.

#39 Louisiana

#39 Louisiana

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Louisiana is actually among the top 20 states with the best living environments, but its at-home work environment was given a ranking of No. 44, leading to an overall rank at No. 39. While the state has the third-highest share of potential telecommuters, it has the second-lowest share of people actually working from home before coronavirus.

#38 Kansas

#38 Kansas

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Kansas ranked at No. 38 for its work-from-home conditions, averaging out from a work environment ranking at No. 32 and living environment ranking at No. 46.

#37 Nebraska

#37 Nebraska

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Despite the fact that Nebraska made it into the top 10 states with the best living environments, it had an overall ranking of 37th place because the at-home work environment in the state ranked very low at No. 46. Hopefully, circumstances improve so that more offices begin reopening soon.

#36 Michigan

#36 Michigan

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Michigan has the fourth-lowest internet cost in the country, which is great if you have to attend a lot of virtual meetings for work. However, overall, the state was ranked No. 36 for working from home.

#35 Illinois

#35 Illinois

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Illinois came in at No. 35 among states in terms of its work-from-home conditions, listed at No. 30 for the at-home work environment and 44 for living environment. The living environment can make it especially hard for people to work from home if they have kids.

#34 New Mexico

#34 New Mexico

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While New Mexico’s at-home work environment was ranked No. 42, the state’s living environment received a ranking of 19th place. As a result, the state stands at No. 34 overall.

#33 Wisconsin

#33 Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s work environment received a ranking of 29th place, while its work environment was ranked No. 43, giving it an overall ranking of No. 33. Unfortunately, Wisconsinites also pay some of the highest income taxes.

#32 New York

#32 New York

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New York is the 32nd best place to work from home, with the 36th best work environment in the average home and the 35th best living environment.

#31 California

#31 California

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California notably put down strict stay-at-home orders early on, saving many lives due to social distancing. The state ranked at No. 31 for its work-from-home conditions.

#30 Montana

#30 Montana

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Montana actually has the second-best living environment for people working at home, but the working environment in the average home ranked low in 43rd place. This resulted in an overall ranking of No. 30, notably because the state had the fourth-highest share of its population working from home before coronavirus and second-lowest share of potential telecommuters.

#29 Maine

#29 Maine

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Maine is in the top 10 states with the best working environment at home, but its living environment is the third worst. As a result, the state has an overall ranking of 29th place, but those looking to improve their living situation can simplify their life with some great home organizing hacks.

#28 South Carolina

#28 South Carolina

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South Carolinians’ living environment on average is among the top 10 in the country, while the work environment in the average home landed the state a place at No. 40 and, therefore, an overall ranking of 28th.

#27 Kentucky

#27 Kentucky

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With the fourth-highest share of potential telecommuters and third-highest level of cybersecurity in the country, Kentucky ranked at No. 27, with a pretty average score in both work and living environment. Hopefully, those working from home haven’t seen too much of a negative effect on their sleeping habits.

#26 Indiana

#26 Indiana

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Working from home can be a big adjustment in many ways, including learning proper etiquette in the time of coronavirus. Those working from home in Indiana aren’t doing too bad, with an overall ranking at No. 26.

#25 Alabama

#25 Alabama

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Alabama ranked No. 25, in part because it tied with West Virginia for third-lowest share of the state population working from home prior to the coronavirus pandemic despite having the second-highest share of potential telecommuters.

#24 Connecticut

#24 Connecticut

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Connecticut has the fifth-highest electricity bills on average, but it also has the best household internet access in the country, putting it at 24th place for people working from home.

#23 Ohio

#23 Ohio

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Ohio is No. 23 on the list, ranking 27th and 18th for its work and living environment respectively. Those working at home can also take the time in quarantine to build other skills for their resume.

#22 Texas

#22 Texas

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Not only do Texans have great food, but they also have a living environment that ranks among the top 10 in the country with the second-lowest internet costs. However, the at-home work environment placed 33rd, leading to an overall ranking of No. 22.

#21 Pennsylvania

#21 Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania just missed out on a spot in the top 20 states to work from home. While it has an at-home work environment that ranks in the top 15, its living environment ranks in the bottom 15.

#20 Florida

#20 Florida

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Floridians should be careful on the internet, especially considering their state is in the bottom five in terms of level of cybersecurity. Overall, however, the state did rank No. 20 as a place to work from home.

#19 Maryland

#19 Maryland

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Maryland’s work environment at home ranks at No. 21 while its living environment ranks at No. 22, resulting in an overall ranking of No. 19.

#18 Nevada

#18 Nevada

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Nevadans’ at-home work environment came in at 28th place, but their living environment was ranked sixth, so hopefully that can help manage some of the coronavirus anxiety. Overall, Nevada is the 18th best place to work from home.

#17 Massachusetts

#17 Massachusetts

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Massachusetts households have the second-highest level of internet access but also pay the third-highest price on average for electricity. While it’s only No. 17 on this list, Massachusetts is still the best state for working moms.

#16 Idaho

#16 Idaho

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Idahoans pay some of the highest internet costs, but the state still manages to rank No. 20 for both its work and living environments, coming in at No. 16 overall.

#15 Vermont

#15 Vermont

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Vermont slides into the top 15 states to work from home, thanks to having the second-highest share of people working from home prior to the coronavirus pandemic and the lowest share of potential telecommuters. It also has the second-highest internet costs in the nation, so Vermonters may want to make sure to find other ways to save money during quarantine.

#14 New Jersey

#14 New Jersey

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While New Jerseyans may not be able to hit their lovely classic boardwalks this summer, at least they have the third-best internet access in the country and 14th-best work-from-home conditions.

#13 Minnesota

#13 Minnesota

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Minnesota ranks No. 13 for its work-from-home conditions, with the 14th-best work environment and 25th living environment in its homes. It’s also notably the best state to raise a family.

#12 Tennessee

#12 Tennessee

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If you live in Tennessee, the average living environment is in the top four in the country, while the state’s average work-from-home environment put it in 25th place. Overall, the state ranked No. 12.

#11 Virginia

#11 Virginia

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Virginia earned a place in the top five states with the best living environment, while its at-home work environment on average put it at No. 25, resulting in an overall ranking of 11th.

#10 South Dakota

#10 South Dakota

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South Dakota had the fewest coronavirus restrictions, but it’s a great place to stay at home for work if you can. Thanks in part to being one of the top five states with the highest levels of cybersecurity, it ranked 17th in both work and living environment, putting it in 10th overall.

#9 North Carolina

#9 North Carolina

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North Carolina is one of the top five states in terms of work environment, but it ranked 34th for living environment, in part because it has one of the highest internet costs in the nation. As a result, it’s the ninth best place to work from home.

#8 Oregon

#8 Oregon

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The share of the population working from home in Oregon is the third highest in America before the coronavirus, so there are plenty of people there who already know proper coronavirus etiquette for telecommuting. Homes in Oregon have the 10th best work environment and 21st best living environment, leading to a rank of No. 8 overall.

#7 Utah

#7 Utah

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Utah is the most difficult state to maintain social distancing, so it’s a good thing that it’s such an easy place to work from home. Placing seventh on the list, it has the sixth-best work environment at home, although its living environment didn’t even make the top 20.

#6 Arizona

#6 Arizona

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Arizona has such wonderful natural beauty that it’s probably not too hard for locals to have a staycation at home during quarantine. Even when you’re not vacationing, it’s a great place to be, as Arizona is the sixth-best place in America to work from home.

#5 Georgia

#5 Georgia

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Georgia experienced the highest increase in unemployment claims due to coronavirus in the country, but for those still working, it’s a pretty good place to be. Georgia has the best living environment in the country and ranks as the fifth-best place to be a telecommuter.

#4 Colorado

#4 Colorado

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Colorado is one of the states with the most snowfall, which makes working from home a very convenient option during much of the year. Thankfully for Coloradoans, the at-home work environment in the state ranks third in the nation, thanks largely to the state having the highest share of population working from home before coronavirus and third-lowest share of potential telecommuters. Overall, it comes in at No. 4 on the list.

#3 New Hampshire

#3 New Hampshire

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Internet costs are the highest in New Hampshire, but it’s also among the top five states in terms of cybersecurity and share of the population working from home prior to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the New England state is the third best place to work from home.

#2 Washington

#2 Washington

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Washington state has one of the lowest costs of electricity and highest levels of internet access in its households, which is why it earned second place on this list. With underrated small towns and picturesque parks, residents of Washington also have the third-best living environment in the country at home.

#1 Delaware

#1 Delaware

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America’s first state comes in first on the list of the best states for employees working from home. Those working from home in Delaware have the second-best at-home work environment and one of the top 10 living environments, and they can make their workday even smoother by establishing a routine with these tips.

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