Houston is one of the fastest growing cities for freelancers

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Visitors to Memorial Park on a weekday early afternoon probably have to stop and wonder where all these people are coming from. Don’t they have work to do?

Maybe they do, but on their own schedules. Fiverr, a marketplace for connecting freelancers and new clients, released its fifth annual Economic Impact of Freelancers report, ranking Houston as the tenth fastest growing city for freelancers.

According to the report, some 144,000 workers in Houston earned $6.6 billion. That means Bayou City led Texas with about $46,000 in per capita income.

Elsewhere in Texas, Austin is the fourth fastest growing city for freelancers. The city’s self-employed workforce of 77,262 earned $3.4 billion in 2021. In Dallas, which ranked 8th, some 177,500 workers earned $7.6 billion.

Joining Houston, Austin and Dallas in the top 10 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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