Iowa and Idaho listed among the best states to work from home in the US

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  • Published on March 27, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

With deciding factors including cost of living, property tax, utilities and more, here are some of the best states for remote workers.

The aftermath of the pandemic is still evident in several factors of our everyday life. One of the significant changes is the way people work. Although most companies have returned to the office with full-capacity staffing or hybrid, working from home is still the most popular option for employees.

Avoiding traffic, less stressful mornings and a comfortable work environment are just a few reasons working from home has become the preferred option of employees.

CNBC shared a Microsoft survey from 2022, where 31,102 workers around the world were surveyed between January and February. It found that 52% of working adults wished to switch to a full-time remote or hybrid (three days or less in the office) job this year.

Some remote work environments can be more enticing than others. For some, the ideal setup would be jet-setting to different locations with just your laptop in tow, but some cities are ideal for stationary work-from-home situations.

Based on a few metrics gathered by Kumo Space including cost of living, safety, internet/utility cost and other variables, here are some cities that will provide the perfect backdrop for your Zoom meetings.


Colorado is a unique destination for digital nomads because it is the state with the highest share of remote professionals in the nation. It is one of the only true remote-first states that require employers to post salary ranges on job postings for Colorado residents, per the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act. – Kumo Space


Idaho has been a key destination for remote workers since 2019, with more people moving to Idaho than any other state in the country. Though the cost of living is slightly above the national average, remote and hybrid professionals can benefit from the state’s spacious living accommodations, ample green spaces and lower taxes. Idaho residents pay between 1% and 6% in state taxes, depending on their income bracket. – Kumo Space


Illinois may be the right place for you if you want a vibrant big-city experience with breakneck internet speeds and many coworking spaces. However, the state has high crime rates, the second-highest taxes nationwide, and cold winters. Property taxes are the second highest in the country (at 2.27%, on average). However, the flat 4.95% tax rate may be attractive to high earners, and the property tax average is driven up by Chicago-area homes. – Kumo Space


With its seemingly endless rolling plains, this state is a rural-leaning Midwestern paradise for remote workers seeking a slower lifestyle. Iowa has some of the lowest costs of living in the nation (20% below average), making the state more appealing for lower-income remote workers. With lower-than-average crime rates and a highly-educated population, this family-friendly state has wide scale appeal. Unfortunately, Iowa is rather lackluster without mountains or beaches for variation. And like many other rural Midwestern states, it doesn’t have the same urban amenities people have come to expect. – Kumo Space


Kansas’s cost of living is the second lowest in the nation. Despite the low traffic congestion, it is heavily car-dependent. Inhabitants must also be mindful of the state’s shockingly high taxes and risk of tornadoes due to its flat terrain. The state has 92 tornadoes per year, on average. Kansas has surprisingly high taxes for a largely rural state. There are three income brackets, with tax rates ranging from 3.1% to 5.7%. Property taxes are also relatively high. – Kumo Space


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