Remote Work Option Is Prompting More People to Move

March 3, 2020

More Americans who move to a new area are being given opportunities to telecommute to stay in their jobs, a recent Redfin study shows. Telecommuting is also allowing Americans to relocate to more affordable areas while maintaining their salaries, according to the analysis.

“The job market is very tight and employers want to hold on to people, so companies are much more willing now to allow workers to move,” says Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s chief economist. “Plus, technology has enabled employers to let staff work remotely in a cost-efficient and productive manner.”

Of the 272 U.S. residents who responded to the Redfin survey, more than half—51.1%—said they sometimes or always work remotely since their move in the past year. About one in seven respondents said they wouldn’t have been able to move if they were not given the opportunity to work remotely.

Redfin’s study suggests that the growth of remote work has enabled consumers to move to areas with more affordable homes, too. The most common metros that workers have moved away from to seek more affordable areas are the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The most popular metros that people have then moved to for greater affordability are Phoenix, Sacramento, Calif., and Portland, Ore.

The survey shows that younger respondents tend to have a greater increase in remote work after relocating than older respondents. Of respondents 38 and younger, 55.5% said they worked remotely sometimes or always after moving. Of respondents 39 and older, 49.2% worked remotely sometimes or always following their move.