The term “digital nomad” typically refers to someone who can work remotely from a laptop. And with the world changing drastically since 2020, more and more people are enjoying the remote life experience, no matter if they call themselves digital nomads or otherwise.
Digital nomads are typically people looking for the freedom to live and work wherever they please, as long as there is an internet connection. As digital nomads flock from country-to-country in search of the next best spot to call home, many end up following a few key trends: affordability, safety and tech availability.
In this article, I will provide you with my top picks for the absolute best cities for digital nomads in the U.S., based on these three criteria! Because, yes, you don’t really have to fly to another country to enjoy all the perks of being a digital nomad!
1. Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale, CA is a suburb of Silicon Valley and one of the absolute best cities for digital nomads in all of the U.S., especially if you want to be close to tech companies like Apple or Google.
You DO want to be there as a digital nomad!
Sunnyvale offers affordable housing options with plenty of places to work from (think: co-working spaces, if you don’t want to bunker up in your own home office), as well as lots of options for you to find rent or even buy a property.
Sure, Sunnyvale is not necessarily extremely friendly for those who are just starting over their nomadic lifestyle, as it is a bit on the expensive side. But if you already are generating some solid income, you’re all set!
Plus, with year-round sunny weather, who wouldn’t want to work from a patio café in Sunnyvale?
2. San Jose, CA
If you’re looking for a place that is just as technologically rich as Sunnyvale but a bit more affordable, San Jose, CA should be your next stop on your U.S. digital nomad journey!
San Jose is home to companies like Facebook and Adobe, so if you’re looking to rub elbows with some of the top tech minds in the world, this is the place to be.
Like Sunnyvale, San Jose offers a wealth of co-working spaces for you to get your work done as well as lots of affordable housing options. The only downside? San Jose is HOT (emphasis on hot) during the summer months!
I personally like that, but I know some don’t. If you are in the latter category, don’t worry – I’ll have you covered as well with some of the recommendations below!
But back to San Jose, I have to say that it is one of the best cities at the moment to relocate to as a digital nomad or remote worker.
If you’re interested in reading about more cheap but nice US cities, I have the perfect article for you here!
3. Miami, FL
If you’re looking for a place where the weather is great year-round, Miami should be your next stop.
Miami may not have as high of an availability in affordable housing options (though it does exist!) or co-working spaces that can compete with cities like San Jose and Sunnyvale; but what Miami has going for it are the endless beaches and amazing nightlife.
If you’re into Latin American culture, Miami is also a great place to be – there’s always something going on and the people are incredibly warm and welcoming. Just be prepared for some humidity!
4. Boise, ID
Boise, ID is a hidden gem for digital nomads who are looking to relocate to the States (or already there and looking for a new place to be in).
You will have lots of access too are co-working spaces and coffee shops that allow you to get your work done, as well as plenty of affordable housing options. The only downside? Boise is not a very big city and it can get cold during the winter months!
But if you’re someone who doesn’t mind a slower paced lifestyle and loves spending time outdoors (hiking, biking, etc.), Boise could be the perfect place for you to call home.
5. Santa Clara, CA
OK, the final city in the Silicon Valley area! But it had to be mentioned! Santa Clara is a good pick for those who are looking to be in the Silicon Valley area but want to spend a bit less on housing.
Full with digital nomads and remote workers alike, Santa Clara offers a great community of people to work and connect with. And, as you would expect from any city in the Silicon Valley area, there are lots of co-working spaces and coffee shops that will allow you to get your work done.
Just be prepared for some traffic if you’re working during rush hour! Oh, wait! You don’t need to worry about that since you can choose your own hours!
6. Naperville, IL
Naperville, IL is a great city for digital nomads who are looking for a suburban area that has all of the amenities of a big city.
With tons of co-working spaces and coffee shops, as well as an abundance in affordable housing options, Naperville should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to move to a location in a more suburban area.
Not to mention the fact that Naperville is one of the most relax and chill places I’ve ever seen – and you’ll find life here extremely enjoyable, and people very friendly.
Naperville is also at the very center of Chicago and all its glory, so if you’re looking to make some day trips out of this city, it’s easy enough to do!
There are lots of restaurants that offer quick lunch options as well for those who wish not to spend too much time away from their laptop.
7. Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA is a great city for digital nomads who are looking for a place that is close to Washington D.C. and all of its action.
With plenty of co-working spaces and coffee shops, Arlington offers an ideal location for those who want to be able to easily commute into the heart of our nation’s capital, but still be a bit away from the hustle and bustle.
There are endless options for restaurants that offer quick lunch and dinner menus, as well a plethora of affordable housing options.
The only downside is that the weather can be a bit colder here during the winter months. But if you’re someone who enjoys being outside, Arlington has plenty of parks, trails and other outdoor activities to keep you busy throughout the year!
8. San Francisco, CA
Ah, the City by the Bay. There’s no doubt that San Francisco is one of the best cities in the US for digital nomads.
With endless co-working spaces and coffee shops, as well as a great nightlife scene, there’s always something to do in this city – even if you’re not working! Or especially if you’re not!
The only downside to San Francisco is the fact that it’s a very expensive city. Be prepared to spend lots of money on housing here!
9. Austin, TX
Do you like live music and a laid back culture? Then Austin is the city for you!
Austin is an extremely affordable city with plenty of co-working spaces, coffee shops and restaurants that offer quick bite options during lunch time.
There’s tons to do in this Texas town, from going to one of their many festivals (SXSW, anyone?) to enjoying the local nightlife (some of the best in Texas!) and much more.
The digital nomad scene is on the rise in Austin, so you’ll be sure to find plenty of people to connect with here.
10. Fort Collins, CO
Last but not least, I have Fort Collins for you. It is a great city for digital nomads who are looking for a more rural area to live in.
Offeringan abundance of affordable housing options, Fort Collins provides the perfect mix of amenities that digital nomads need with the peace and quiet that many people crave.
And if that’s not enough, Fort Collins is only an hour away from Denver – one of the most up and coming cities in the US! But if you chose this one, you will most likely do so for the peace and quiet (as well as the affordability).
So there you have it! These are my top ten picks for the best US cities for digital nomads.
Each of these locations offers something different, so be sure to choose the one that is right for you! And if you’re not sure where to start, I highly recommend checking out some of the great co-working spaces and coffee shops that these cities have to offer. You won’t be disappointed!
There are also great options outside the US, especially for those who are starting up and are on a more limited budget – but also those who want to explore the world. Make sure to check out my previous article about countries where you can live on $500 per month to see what options are available.
And if you’ve enjoyed working remotely from a different US city not mentioned on this list, don’t hesitate to let us all know: I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to have as many potential options as possible.