The best (and worst) cities for freelancers

What are the tangibles that freelancers need from a city? It’s best to do the research beforehand – no one wants to be stuck in a place with a spotty Wifi connection, miles from the nearest bus, and nowhere to grab a cup of joe and meet a client. came up with a way to calculate and rank the most freelance-friendly cities, taking into consideration average internet speed, getting around town (walkability, biking, transit), cost of living, income taxes, and the number of coffee shops per capita (of course.)

After looking at 150 cities, here’s how it all shook out:

Best Cities

  1. Spokane, WA
  2. Vancouver, WA
  3. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  4. Tempe, AZ
  5. Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Las Vegas, NV
  8. San Antonia
  9. Hialeah, FL
  10. Tampa, FL

Worst Cities

  1. Lexington, KY
  2. Palmdale, CA
  3. Port St. Lucie, FL
  4. Jackson, MS
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Corona, CA
  7. Oceanside, CA
  8. Worcester, MA
  9. Santa Clara, CA
  10. Lincoln, NE