Biz: The Telecommuting Trend

November 5 2012, 12:10 PM

For an increasing number of people, going to work means getting out of bed and walking to the next room. Call it whatever you want—working from home, telecommuting, having a home office; the point is, our technological capabilities (who needs to commute 30 minutes for a meeting when video chat lets you accomplish the same thing?) allow American workers to do more of it than ever before. And, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Boulder residents are at the top of the telecommuting list. Here, a look at the numbers for 2010. 

10.9

Percentage of Boulderites who worked from home most of each week in 2010—the highest percentage of any city in the country. Medford, Oregon was second at 8.4 percent. Santa Fe, New Mexico was third at 8.3 percent. 

6.6

Percentage of Americans who worked exclusively from home in 2010, which is up from 4.8 percent in 1997. 

50 

Approximate percentage of work-from-home Americans who were self-employed.  

25 

Percentage of home-based employees working in management, business, and financial fields. 

10

Percentage of work-from-home Americans who were over the age of 65.