The Australian city of Melbourne has proven to be the best city in the world for remote working, according to a ranking by the on-demand housing platform Nestpick.
Melbourne scored well on livability factors such as safety, health care, culture and leisure activities, as well as its remote working infrastructure.
It was also just one of 10 cities in the Nestpick ranking to offer a “digital nomad” visa – a specific visa or equivalent document allowing self-employed and foreign workers to enter and work in the country. The others were: Zagreb, Prague, Lisbon, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Athens, Sydney, Dubai and Mexico City.
The Nestpick study included 75 global cities, which the platform chose based on locations that were often cited as the “most liveable” destinations.
Cities were then rated in three broad categories: costs and infrastructure, legislation and freedoms, and livability. In terms of costs and infrastructure, for example, this included an analysis of the price and availability of adequate home office space.
In the case of Melbourne, the average rent for an apartment per bedroom was 681 euros ($ 807) per month. San Francisco, US had the highest home office rental cost at 1,736 euros per month, while Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was found to have the cheapest average rent at 119 euros. per month.
Additionally, Nestpick also took note of the percentage of each city’s population that is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as an indication of governments’ response to the ongoing health crisis.
Omer Kucukdere, CEO of Nestpick, said the coronavirus pandemic has prompted many people to reassess their personal priorities, revealing the benefits of remote working flexibility and prompting the question: “Is it really possible to work from n anywhere?
Kucukdere also noted that the pandemic has caused high incomes to move “from business-oriented cities to live in places that offer better day-to-day lifestyles, taking their purchasing power with them.”
Here’s a look at the top 10 cities for working from anywhere:
Top 10 cities for telecommuting
- Melbourne, Australia
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Sydney, Australia
- Tallinn, Estonia
- London, United Kingdom
- Tokyo, Japan
- Glasgow, UK
- Montreal Canada
- Berlin, germany