A new study shows Arlington has the highest number of residents who can work from home in the country.
The study, which was done by the financial website SmartAsset, ranked 200 largest cities in the U.S. by the estimated percentage of the workforce that can work remotely.
“A large percentage of the workforce in Arlington, Virginia is involved in two white-collar occupations: management, business & financial operations and professional & related job,” SmartAsset wrote. “According to [Bureau of Labor Statistics] data, 60% of management, business & financial operations workers and more than 42% of all professional & related workers can work from home, so many Arlington workers have that ability. We estimated that 39.23% of the total Arlington, Virginia workforce can work from home, the highest percentage for this metric across the 200 largest U.S. cities.”
This, however, could be an underestimate. A recent poll by ARLnow, though unscientific, found that around 80% of respondents reported working from home (or given leave) with full pay.
In SmartAsset’s rankings, Arlington was No.1, followed by Frisco, Texas; Bellevue, Washington; Irvine, California; and Washington, D.C. rounding out the top 5. Alexandria was ranked at No. 14.
If most of the Arlington population is working from home and still getting paid during this coronavirus crisis, that’s good news for the local economy, meaning a swifter return of consumer spending once the stay-at-home orders are lifted. Some other good news: Last month, SmartAsset ranked Arlington among the most recession-resistance places in the U.S.