The Bulletin Board

For remote work, study ranks state in the top five

By: - May 3, 2021 1:11 pm
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Private industry has often opted not to build costly broadband infrastructure in rural areas because it isn’t profitable. (Getty Images)

Last winter, the Northwest Arkansas Council offered $10,000 and a free bike to remote workers willing to relocate there within six months. That’s what it takes, perhaps, when your state ranks as the 47th best state for remote work.

New Hampshire needs no such incentives. According to a recent study by WalletHub, the Granite State is fourth overall and the only New England state in the top 10 for remote working. WalletHub ranked the states and the District of Columbia on 12 metrics. 

As reported by The New York Times Sunday, these included things important to both the employer and the remote worker. For employers, those were high-speed internet access, cybersecurity risks, and the number of people working in a state before COVID-19. For workers, it included the cost of electricity and internet; average size of homes and lots; spaciousness of homes; share of detached housing; and the share of homes with swimming pools.

While New Hampshire ranked fourth overall, it ranked seventh on employer priorities and just 44th on things valued by employees. The latter probably had less to do with swimming pools than the cost of electricity (the U.S. Energy Information Administration says our electricity is among the priciest) and home size (one site ranked New Hampshire as average.) 

Overall, Delaware came in first and Alaska last.

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.