Dallas is the 8th fastest growing US city for freelancers


More and more people in Dallas are working their own hours. Fiverr, a marketplace for connecting freelancers and new customers, released its fifth annual Economic Impact of Freelancers report, ranking Dallas as the eighth fastest growing city for freelancers.

According to the report, 177,556 self-employed workers in Dallas earned about $7.6 billion in 2021. This, compared to the city’s pool of 119,636 self-employed workers who earned about $4.6 billion 10 years ago, in 2011.

Austin was the highest-ranked city in Texas, at No. 4. Austin’s self-employed workforce of 77,262 earned $3.4 billion in 2021, compared to approximately 57,000 self-employed who earned $2. $3 billion just five years ago, in 2016.

Houston landed at No. 10 on the list. About 144,000 freelancers in Houston earned $6.6 billion in 2021.

This means that per capita incomes were similar in the top three cities in Texas, with Houston leading (about $46,000) and Austin and Dallas very close (about $44,000 and $43,000, respectively).

In Dallas, creatives made up the smallest portion (17.5%) of the city’s freelance revenue last year. Skilled professional services accounted for the largest share (53%), followed by skilled technical services (29%).

Professional workers, as a whole, earned more than those in other fields in 2021, as follows:

  • Creative workers: $725,249,903
  • Technical workers: $3,002,880,686
  • Professional workers: $3,918,657,199

Joining Austin, Dallas and Houston in the top 10 fastest growing cities for freelancers were:

1. Orlando, Florida
2. Nashville, TN
3. Miami, Florida
5. Tampa, Florida
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
7. Charlotte, North Carolina
9. Portland, Oregon

Although on the surface the report focuses on geography, it gathered data that shows eight out of 10 freelancers believe they can live anywhere and work anytime. However, less than half said it was ‘a primary factor’ in becoming self-employed, and a third said work was ‘a primary influence’ in their choice of location.

More importantly, 70% of respondents said they were “very satisfied” with working freelance.


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