Faribault/Northfield Ranked #2 In U.S. For Working From Home

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Faribault/Northfield Ranked #2 In U.S. For Working From Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, and how we work is no exception.

More and more people are working from home, and many intend on continuing to do so as the pandemic subsides.

This trend is pushing many more people to consider moving out of cities into smaller towns, to take advantage of lower rents and cheaper homes.

Bloomberg analyzed this trend, and Faribault/Northfield landed the number 2 spot on the list of “Metropolitan and micropolitan areas with the highest work-at-home share” with 14.7% of residents working from home in 2018. “Faribault and Northfield are a couple of charming small cities less than an hour’s drive south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Northfield, home to not one but two high-end liberal arts colleges (Carleton and St. Olaf’s) and blessed with air that smells like freshly baked cookies when the wind is right, is chiefly responsible for the area’s high work-from-home percentage.”

This is a trend that will likely continue. The data used for this article are from 2018, therefore they do not include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be safe to assume the numbers grew in both 2019 and 2020 as internet access has become more ubiquitous and more and more people are working from home due to this unprecedented pandemic.

Who knows what the long term implications of the pandemic will be on people working from home, but this is indeed a trend worth keeping an eye on.

By Simon Opatz (Government Affairs Director)

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