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Revealed: World’s Best Cities For Remote Workers To Find Freelance Work, 2020

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Paris has been ranked as the best city in the world for remote workers to find freelance work in 2020, according to AppJobs. Paris’s average cost of living is $1,365 and our average self-employed salary is $36,656, outranking London, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, and Lisbon.

London in the United Kingdom ranked No. 2 on the top 51 list of the world’s best cities for remote workers to find freelance work in 2020.

The remainder of the top 10: Madrid, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Brussels, Belgium; New York, United States; Montréal, Canada; Milan, Italy; and Glasgow, United Kingdom. Luxembourg finished last at No. 51.

Report seeded the list by analyzing metrics from Tripadvisor, Numbeo, Indeed, and Wiman to find data points for its categories. Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon topped the list with scores of 54.3, 53.7, 47.1, 47, and 46.2, respectively.

Rank City Country Cost of Living (USD) Average self-employed salary USD /year % of the city that currently freelance Score
1 Paris France 1365.28 36656.18 11.7 54.3
2 London United Kingdom 2209.18 31187.51 15.1 53.7
3 Madrid Spain 1034.55 19324.4 16 47.1
4 Barcelona Spain 1092.72 19324.4 16 47
5 Lisbon Portugal 988.5 12459.35 16.6 46.2
6 Brussels Belgium 940.58 31307.64 14 45.2
7 New York United States 3161.7 45672.94 6.3 45
8 Montréal Canada 953.09 25588.46 8.3 44.9
9 Milan Italy 1237.96 25082.92 22.9 44.7
10 Glasgow United Kingdom 815.15 31187.51 15.1 43.9
11 Birmingham United Kingdom 967.35 31187.51 15.1 41.2
12 Lyon France 736.23 36656.18 11.7 40.8
13 Calgary Canada 966.55 25588.46 8.3 40.7
14 Edinburgh United Kingdom 1033.62 31187.51 15.1 39.7
15 Vienna Austria 960.94 34844.31 12 38.6
16 Toronto Canada 1679.22 25588.46 8.3 38.3
17 Ottawa Canada 1060.1 25588.46 8.3 36.7
18 Wellington New Zealand 1152.38 26603.07 18.2 36.1
19 Berlin Germany 998.13 37931.32 9.9 36
20 Nuremberg Germany 772.75 37931.32 9.9 35.9
21 Amsterdam Netherlands 1772.26 33879.96 16.7 35.8
22 Tokyo Japan 1168.03 43214.14 10.3 35.7
23 Düsseldorf Germany 787.51 37931.32 9.9 35.7
24 Auckland New Zealand 1214.34 26603.07 18.2 35.2
25 Stuttgart Germany 944.25 37931.32 9.9 33.4
26 Vancouver Canada 1586.42 25588.46 8.3 32.8
27 Hamburg Germany 1000.12 37931.32 9.9 32.1
28 Kobe Japan 843.68 43214.14 10.3 31.5
29 Helsinki Finland 1093.54 36951.54 13.2 31.1
30 Frankfurt Germany 1140.37 37931.32 9.9 27.9
31 Adelaide Australia 929.74 47248.64 9.6 27.7
32 Stockholm Sweden 1258.49 37836.54 9.6 26.7
33 Munich Germany 1331.76 37931.32 9.9 25.9
34 Perth Australia 1013.62 47248.64 9.6 23.7
35 Chicago United States 1920.79 45672.94 6.3 22.9
36 Dublin Ireland 1865.28 40017.61 15 21.4
37 Bern Switzerland 1052.39 57484.96 14.7 21.4
38 Brisbane Australia 1171.05 47248.64 9.6 20.4
39 Melbourne Australia 1306.04 47248.64 9.6 19.1
40 Boston United States 2612.11 45672.94 6.3 18.8
41 San Francisco United States 3520.9 45672.94 6.3 18.2
42 Basel Switzerland 1236.22 57484.96 14.7 17.9
43 Canberra Australia 1277.1 47248.64 9.6 17.5
44 Seattle United States 2107.56 45672.94 6.3 16.3
45 Copenhagen Denmark 1344.46 50570.32 8.1 16.1
46 Honolulu United States 1796.12 45672.94 6.3 15.3
47 Sydney Australia 1798.79 47248.64 9.6 15
48 Oslo Norway 1353.1 54154.38 6.5 12.9
49 Zürich Switzerland 1868.75 57484.96 14.7 12.8
50 Geneva Switzerland 2042.84 57484.96 14.7 11.1
51 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1671.91 67232.02 8.6

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Source: CEOWORLD magazine