The 29 best US cities to be a freelancer

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Some cities are simply better suited for freelancing.

So says a report from neighbourhoods.com, which ranked the best cities for freelancers in the US across five measures:

  1. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
  2. Average internet download speed for the city.
  3. Average combined federal and state income taxes a freelancer would have to pay in that city, if they were making median freelancer income of $US52,074.
  4. Number of Starbucks coffee shops per 100,00 people.
  5. Ease of transportation (via walking, biking, or public transit). The higher the transportation score, the better (50 or higher is considered a very good score).

The state that took the cake was Texas, with seven cities on the list. Florida appeared the most in the top 10 cities, with four of the top 10 picks and five total.

Check out the 29 best US cities for freelancers below:


29. Tucson, Arizona

Median rent: $US875

Internet speed: 32.44 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,089

Coffee shops: 11.2

Transportation score: 43


28. Arlington, Texas

Median rent: $US1,043

Internet speed: 48.89 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 4.1

Transportation score: 37


27. St. Paul, Minnesota

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Median rent: $US1,238

Internet speed: 73.95 mbps

Income taxes: $US11,220

Coffee shops: 2.7

Transportation score: 57


26. Salt Lake City, Utah

Median rent: $US1,292

Internet speed: 37.93 mbps

Income taxes: $US11,317

Coffee shops: 14.4

Transportation score: 57


25. Irving, Texas

Median rent: $US1,302

Internet speed: 59.96 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 3.4

Transportation score:: 38


24. Henderson, Nevada

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Median rent: $US1,125

Internet speed: 43.76 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 8.8

Transportation score: 30


23. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Median rent: $US1,299

Internet speed: 48.66 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,780

Coffee shops: 11.5

Transportation score: 56


22. Wilmington, North Carolina

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Median rent: $US972

Internet speed: 53.71 mbps

Income taxes: $US11,122

Coffee shops: 13.0

Transportation score: 34


21. Sacramento, California

Median rent: $US1,421

Internet speed: 43.52 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,780

Coffee shops: 13.5

Transportation score: 49


20. St. Petersburg, Florida

Median rent: $US965

Internet speed: 48.50 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 3.5

Transportation score: 45


19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Median rent: $US1,111

Internet speed: 30.69 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,859

Coffee shops: 14.8

Transportation score: 56


18. Dallas, Texas

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Median rent: $US1,225

Internet speed: 48.92 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 6.8

Transportation score: 44


17. Garland, Texas

Median rent: $US969

Internet speed: 62.88 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 3.4

Transportation score: 35


16. Reno, Nevada

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Median rent: $US1,142

Internet speed: 46.96 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 10.8

Transportation score: 38


15. Austin, Texas

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Median rent: $US1,200

Internet speed: 66.75 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 6.5

Transportation score: 42


14. Tacoma, Washington

Median rent: $US1,305

Internet speed: 38.92 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 13.5

Transportation score: 50


13. Knoxville, Tennessee

Median rent: $US829

Internet speed: 50.19 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 9.8

Transportation score: 28


12. Houston, Texas

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Median rent: $US1,115

Internet speed: 51.45 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 6.8

Transportation score: 45


11. Cincinnati, Ohio

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Median rent: $US1,006

Internet speed: 53.20 mbps

Income taxes: $US11,004

Coffee shops: 13.4

Transportation score: 43


10. Tampa, Florida

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Median rent: $US1,120

Internet speed: 43.18 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 11.4

Transportation score: 46


9. Hialeah, Florida

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Median rent: $US1,251

Internet speed: 63.63 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 1.7

Transportation score: 53


8. San Antonio, Texas

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Median rent: $US911

Internet speed: 61.82 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 5.6

Transportation score: 39


7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Median rent: $US977

Internet speed: 37.50 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 25.3

Transportation score: 40


6. Orlando, Florida

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Median rent: $US1,290

Internet speed: 38.83 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 17.4

Transportation score: 43


5. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Median rent: $US1,237

Internet speed: 68.57 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,089

Coffee shops: 15.8

Transportation score: 37


4. Tempe, Arizona

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Median rent: $US965

Internet speed: 39.76 mbps

Income taxes: $US10,089

Coffee shops: 15.7

Transportation score: 57


3. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Median rent: $US1,516

Internet speed: 59.35 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 12.4

Transportation score: 51


2. Vancouver, Washington

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Median rent: $US1,327

Internet speed: 52.89 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 18.1

Transportation score: 45


1. Spokane, Washington

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Median rent: $US903

Internet speed: 43.52 mbps

Income taxes: $US8,739

Coffee shops: 16.4

Transportation score: 44

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