The best cities for digital nomads

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Kyoto
Port Louis
Madrid
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Lisbon
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Quality of livingThe annual survey ranks 221 cities using 39 criteria. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transport. Source: Mercer, 2021.
Quality of livingThe annual survey ranks 221 cities using 39 criteria. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transport. Source: Mercer, 2021.52#
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Cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city centerThe average price of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center shows how much of your salary would be allocated in rent expenses, and is an indicator of the cost of living of the city. Source: numbeo.com, 2021.
Cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city centerThe average price of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center shows how much of your salary would be allocated in rent expenses, and is an indicator of the cost of living of the city. Source: numbeo.com, 2021.1 131.11$
855.83$
404.94$
1 053.00$
1 914.13$
1 419.33$
1 262.20$
1 013.14$
1 056.94$
1 356.82$
Cost of the monthly public transport ticketCost of the monthly public transport ticket indicates affordability of public transportation for an average inhabitant. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's public transport website, 2021.
Cost of the monthly public transport ticketCost of the monthly public transport ticket indicates affordability of public transportation for an average inhabitant. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's public transport website, 2021.41.31$
84.19$
23.43$
64.92$
158.78$
50$
113.94$
47.21$
73.77$
150.49$
Average cost of livingLower average cost of living indicates that factors such as consumer prices, bills cost or renting and housing prices are more available for citizens. Source: expatistan.com, 2021.
Average cost of livingLower average cost of living indicates that factors such as consumer prices, bills cost or renting and housing prices are more available for citizens. Source: expatistan.com, 2021.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.119$
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Average temperatureSource: Wikipedia, 2021; WMO, 2021.
Average temperatureSource: Wikipedia, 2021; WMO, 2021.17°C
16.8°C
24.5°C
15.7°C
19.1°C
22.4°C
15.1°C
17°C
16.9°C
16.9°C
Number of public Wi-Fi spotsCity with more public wireless spots provides easier and wider internet access. Source: city's official website, 2021.
Number of public Wi-Fi spotsCity with more public wireless spots provides easier and wider internet access. Source: city's official website, 2021.88
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Bike-sharing systemA bike-sharing system makes a city more eco-friendly, shows the city’s pro cycling attitude, and provides new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Bike-sharing systemA bike-sharing system makes a city more eco-friendly, shows the city’s pro cycling attitude, and provides new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Seaside beachSource: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
Seaside beachSource: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
Lake(s)Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
Lake(s)Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.

In recent years, the term digital nomad has gained popularity as a term used to describe travelers who not only explore the world but take their work with them. Millions of independent workers now describe themselves as digital nomads, traveling to exotic locations only to set up shop for months at a time as they travel and work simultaneously.

Cities such as Bali, Barcelona, and Bangkok are all consistently ranked as some of the top cities for digital nomads, offering not only unique cultural experiences but a low cost of living, WiFi connectivity, and a thriving community of other like-minded workers looking to make connections. Not sure where to go or what makes a city great for digital nomads? Here’s what to look for.

Average cost of housing

One of the most attractive features of life abroad for most digital nomads is living well in ways that their home country doesn’t offer them. Whether you’re moving from Los Angeles to Bangkok for the nightlife, culture, or simply for the thrill of the adventure, you’ll notice that your remote working salary will stretch much further due to the reduced cost of living. This is especially true if you’re earning in US dollars or Euros and are paying rent in Thai Baht. When assessing the average cost of housing, use our filter to look at the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city center.

WiFi

Digital nomads work out of cafes and coworking spaces, making the WiFi connectivity of a city extremely important. Destinations such as Chiang Mai, Berlin, and Mexico City all rank as top cities for digital nomads due to the impressive internet connectivity. This refers to the speed of the local internet as well as the number of public WiFi spots. It’s helpful to research a city’s expat or digital nomad Facebook group before visiting as well, as most travelers already located there can guide you in terms of coworking spaces and whether or not the city’s cafes are suitable for work.

Safety

Whenever you’re traveling abroad, safety is often one of the most important factors to consider before booking a ticket and catching that flight. As a digital nomad, this is even more important since you’ll be living semi-permanently in that destination for weeks or months on end. To assess a city’s safety, look at the level of corruption, murder rate, and theft rate.

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