Here Are the Best Cities for Digital Nomads, According to a 2021 Study

Here Are the Top 20 Best Cities for Digital Nomads, According to a 2021 Study

Brb, transferring work stations or should we say cities?

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The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about many challenges but plenty of realisations too. The first of which was that to work remotely or from home would be the new normal for many businesses moving forward, even after the pandemic. That means people would have more time to themselves; and if their profession allowed it, they would be able to travel the world more freely. 

We’re sure more and more people are getting curious and excited about the possibility of being able to work in a new environment where they can unwind and recharge over the weekend. But the question is: Which are the best cities for digital nomads? 

Here, we take a look at Nestpick’s recent 2021 index that highlights the most attractive destinations for digital nomads. Ready to live out your digital nomad dreams?

The top 20 cities for digital nomads

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  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Dubai, UAE
  3. Sydney, Australia
  4. Tallinn, Estonia
  5. London, UK
  6. Tokyo, Japan
  7. Singapore, Singapore
  8. Glasgow, UK
  9. Montreal, Canada
  10. Berlin, Germany
  11. Prague, Czech Republic
  12. Toronto, Canada
  13. Chicago, United States
  14. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  15. Lisbon, Portugal
  16. Cape Town, South Africa
  17. Edinburgh, UK
  18. Vienna, Austria
  19. Los, Angeles United States
  20. New York, United States

Also read: Digital Nomads Can Now Apply for a One-Year Permit to Work in Croatia!

The factors considered in the study

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The researchers began the study by selecting 75 major cities in the world, which are often reputed to be the world’s most liveable destinations. From there, they studied each location according to three categories: cost and infrastructure, legislation and freedom, and liveability

Cost and infrastructure covered the availability of adequate spaces, Internet capacity, and minimal extra expense. Legislation and freedom weighed in the security of human rights, special visas, tax deductions, and regulations for digital nomads. Meanwhile, liveability took into account weather conditions, acoustic and light pollution, and access to cultural and leisure events. 

The 20 best cities for digital nomads all scored above 75 over a total of 100 points, with New York scoring the lowest at 79.17 and Melbourne scoring the highest at 100. The top four cities for digital nomads notably offer digital nomad visas while other destinations have yet to make the option available for remote workers. To see the breakdown of the scores for each factor, click here

Also read: 16 Best Countries with Long-Term Visas for Digital Nomads

Have you been to any of the aforementioned best cities for digital nomads and do you agree with this list? Let us know by dropping us a message or comment on our Facebook page!

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.