North Carolina is 9th best state for working from home

by Adam McCann

As COVID-19 has continued to spread in the U.S., state governments ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their buildings. This has left business owners with a few options: let employees work from home, lay them off or furlough them. Prior to this pandemic, just 25 percent of all workers in the U.S. had worked from home, and only 29 percent were able to do so. However, people who are allowed to work from home may not always have the best environment for doing so. The best work-from-home conditions include low costs, reasonable comfort and a high level of security.

Photo by Viktor Hanacek

To identify which states are most conducive to working from home, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of workers working from home before COVID-19 to internet cost and cybersecurity. We also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state. Together, these metrics show how feasible working from home is in terms of cost, comfort and safety.

Working from Home in North Carolina (1=Best, 25=Avg.):

  • 17th – Share of Population Working from Home (pre-COVID-19)
  • 28th – Share of Potential Telecommuters
  • 19th – Households’ Internet Access
  • 5th – Average Home Square Footage
  • 9th – Cybersecurity
  • 17th – Average Retail Price of Electricity

To identify which states are most conducive to working from home, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of workers working from home before COVID-19 to internet cost and cybersecurity. We also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state. Together, these metrics show how feasible working from home is in terms of cost, comfort and safety.


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