Gig economy: Research reveals the best and worst working states of freelancers

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By analyzing factors like the number of coworking spaces, cost of living, and broadband speeds, Tipalti’s research determined the best states to live in if you’re self-employed.

Texas is the No. 1 state for freelancers with a score of 8.2 out of 10 thanks to one of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Freelancers are in high demand in the Lone Star State, according to Tipalti, because the state ranks in the top three in annual searches. For every 100,000 people in Texas, 6,800 are freelancers.

Tennessee is the second-best state for the self-employed with a score of 7.2 out of 10 thanks to its low cost of living and high proportion of self-employed people. Tennessee also has 6,800 per 100,000 independent residents.

The third best state is Georgia with 7 out of 10. Georgia has the lowest cost of living and the demand for freelancers is high. Georgia has 5,400 for every 100,000 self-employed people.

The worst state to live in as a freelancer is Delaware with a score of 3.1 out of 10, not least due to the state’s high monthly cost of living at over $5,500 and only 0.4 spaces of coworking per 100,000 residents in the state. Delaware has 4,300 residents out of 100,000 working as freelancers.

Freelancers find Kentucky to be the second-worst state with 5,200 out of 100,000 self-employed, and the third-worst state is Montana, which also has the highest proportion of self-employed.

Colorado has the most coworking spaces with 2.4 per 100,000 people, far more than New York. The highest demand for freelancers in California in the country is represented by 174,000 Google searches in 2021.


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