November 6, 2020
Daily commutes are at the top of the list of what California workers dislike most about their jobs. Working from home may be one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic, as government-ordered lockdowns forced companies to rethink workplace strategies.
A study by LendingTree’s MagnifyMoney researchers looked at the shift to working from home and ranked the best places across the Golden State for remote workers. The top-ranked place for remote workers in California with a score of 73.4 was North Tustin in Orange County. In fact, the survey found five of the top 25 places for remote workers in California were located in Orange County.
San Diego County’s Jamul ranked second, while Granite Bay in Placer County was No. 3. Those were followed by Ben Lomond in Santa Cruz County and El Granada in San Mateo County.
Among the counties with multiple cities that ranked well included Placer and San Diego counties (4 cities each) and Contra Costa and San Mateo counties (3 cities each).
The researchers noted for those who can work remotely, the time and money saved by not sitting in traffic is an undeniable perk. Residents in costly regions may find that remote work offers the possibility of going somewhere more affordable while retaining their high-paying jobs.
The rankings were based on six weighted categories, including Internet availability, home size, home cost, health and lifestyle, safety, and climate change impact.
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