Buffalo, New York Is Awful For Remote Workers
Remote work has become a reality for many of us since the pandemic forced us into our homes. Life has become a series of zoom meetings and laptops in front of our faces for most of the day.
Although many companies are now slowly bringing their employees back into work, many found the remote work model to work well for them, allowing them to find stellar employees across the country without needing to relocate.
Some people hated working from home and couldn’t wait to return to the office. But for some, remote work offered them freedom and time that they didn’t get to experience in an office environment.
For those who genuinely enjoy the “work from home” life, some cities are better than others. Lawn care company Lawnstarter took it into its hands to rank 200 cities across the United States to determine which cities were remote-worker-friendly and which ones were duds.
To determine the best and worst cities for remote work in 2023, Lawnstarter analyzed publicly available data on several factors related to remote work, such as financial incentives, earning potential, workspace, connectivity, affordability, safety, and amenities.
So how did Buffalo do?
Buffalo is not a great place for remote workers.
Buffalo was way down Lawnstarter’s list of 2023’s Best Cities for Remote workers. Out of the 200 cities they analyzed, Buffalo landed at #152, with low scores in several categories.
- Earning Potential (188) - This was Buffalo’s lowest score due to our city’s low mean household income.
- Amenities (158) - Buffalo got a low score here thanks to our average square yard footage and our number of food delivery services.
- Connectivity (148) - Average Internet coverage and speeds decided this score; apparently, Lawnstarter didn’t think ours was that great.
- Affordability (141) - Buffalo didn't score well here because of our higher housing costs and cost of living.
- Safety (123) - Lawnstarter looked at Buffalo’s crime index to determine this low score.
Frankly, this low ranking that Lawnstarter gave Buffalo for its remote work “friendliness” is pretty harsh. What Buffalo lacks in certain things, we make up for in great places things to see, things to do, and food to eat. Cut us some slack.
For the full list from Lawnstarter of 2023's Best CIties For Remote Workers, click here.