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What is the best city in the United States for digital nomads?
The answer may surprise you!
according to a recent study From the Zumper real estate website, the top location for digital nomads in the US is Columbus, Ohio.
This city was chosen based on a number of factors, including short-term rental prices, availability of restaurants and entertainment, ease of transportation, distance to the airport, WiFi speeds, and overall cost of living.
Here’s why Columbus is a surprisingly awesome base for digital nomads in the United States:
1. It’s affordable
One of the main reasons that Columbus is a great place for digital nomads is the affordability of the city. Unlike some of the most expensive cities that made it into the top ten of this ranking (such as Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon), Columbus is not an expensive place to live.
For digital nomads, Airbnb monthly and short-term rentals are very affordable.
You also won’t have to break the bank living in Columbus when it comes to dining, nightlife, and entertainment. Your money will go much further in Columbus than in many other US cities.
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2. Tons of things to do
Columbus is the capital city of Ohio, with a population that is rapidly approaching one million. It is a fast growing metropolis with a lot to do.
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Columbus Museum of Art are two great places to visit if you’re interested in art and design, while North Market Downtown is a sprawling market that’s a must-see for foodies. .
You can visit art galleries in the Short North Arts District, catch a show at the Ohio Theater or stroll along Scioto Mile, an urban park that follows the Ohio River.
3. It is a university town
Another thing that makes Columbus a great place for digital nomads is the fact that it is a college town. Columbus is home to Ohio State University, one of the largest public universities in the country.
Ohio State’s campus gives the city a sense of vitality and youth. You’ll find lively cafes, independent bookstores, a thriving arts scene and more throughout the city.
During the fall, it’s hard not to get caught up in college football fever, which is one of Ohio State’s greatest traditions.
4. Starting atmosphere
Many major companies have large headquarters or offices in Columbus, but it is also known for its rapidly expanding technology industry and start-up environment.
Columbus is a city that grows every year and is a great place to live or visit as a digital nomad thanks to this entrepreneurial spirit.
You’ll find plenty of great co-working spaces and remote coffee shops and coffee shops to work in in Columbus. It’s a great place to meet and network with other entrepreneurs.
5. Diverse neighborhoods
Columbus is one of the most diverse cities in the Midwest. There are plenty of great neighborhoods for digital nomads to choose from in Columbus.
Some of the most popular places to base yourself include the Short North Arts District, Italian Village, Arena District, and German Village.
All of these neighborhoods will put you right in the heart of downtown Columbus with great dining, nightlife, entertainment, arts and culture right on your doorstep. You can also enjoy city life at a fraction of the cost of other major US cities.
More Digital Nomad Hotspots in the US
Looking for more ideas on where to live in the US as a digital nomad?
Here are six more digital nomad hotspots in the United States to check out. And don’t miss the Worst Cities in the US for Digital Nomads so you know what to avoid.
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