These 7 Texas Counties Make Work-From-Home-Friendly List

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If you’re fortunate enough to work from home, it’s the little things to be thankful for — no rush-hour commute, a new skill in getting the house to look just right for those Zoom meeting backgrounds, and no more wearing long pants.

Now, here’s more positive news about working from home: Texas has the highest number of work-from-home-friendly counties in the country, according to a recent National Association of Realtors study.

Collin County is fourth, Denton County 13th, and Rockwall County 15th on the 30-county list, which includes seven Texas counties.

Georgia’s Forsyth County, which is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta metropolitan area, was determined to be the most work-from-home-friendly county.

To determine the rankings, NAR considered nine factors related to internet connectivity, urbanization, office-related jobs, home affordability, and population growth. Using these factors, NAR developed a Work From Home Score for 3,142 counties.

Forsyth County emerged as No. 1 with a 1.9 score. Collin County had a 1.6 score. In the always-interesting Dallas-vs.-Tarrant heavyweight battle, Tarrant won with a 0.8 score. Dallas had a 0.6.

In breaking down Collin County:

  • 11.3 percent of its workers worked from home.
  • 99 percent of its population has three or more broadband ISPs.
  • 91.4 percent of households have broadband.
  • 91.3 percent of households have a desktop or laptop.
  • 36.1 percent of civilian workers in office-intensive industries.
  • 94.8 percent of housing units in an urban area.
  • 17 percent change in population from 2014-2019.
  • 3.1 percent home-price-to-income ratio.
  • 23 percent of homeowners with a mortgage who spend at least 30 percent of income on housing.

Tommy Cummings

Tommy Cummings covers the North Texas housing market for Tommy moved to Texas from Oklahoma in 1992 and has lived in Mansfield with his wife, Brigitte, and son, Beaumont, since 2002 (after a two-year adventure in California as a tech columnist/editor at the San Francisco Chronicle). Tommy started his media career at newspapers in Oklahoma before becoming an editor in many capacities at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, where he wrapped up his newsroom career as a digital editor. His work has appeared in news outlets throughout the U.S.

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