Announces the 5 Best Cities for Freelance Workers in 2020

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New list ranks the best small to midsize cities for freelance work opportunities in the United States.

While freelancing is expected to make up the majority of the U.S. workforce by 2027, recent pieces of legislation across the country have placed new restrictions on employers and created scrutiny on the field. On January 1, 2020, California Assembly Bill 5 went into effect, making it difficult, yet not impossible, for companies to hire freelancers as independent contractors in the hopes of transitioning them into full-time employees with benefits. Several other states, including New York, New Jersey and Illinois, are expected to follow in California’s footsteps.

When compiling this list, compared cities across the country with moving incentives, low tax rates, high percentages of freelance workers and amenities for when you’re in between projects. From this data, Livability created a list of the 5 most freelancer-friendly cities across the country.

“Freelancing represents the future of the workforce, and certain cities are at the forefront when it comes to being welcoming and productive places for freelancers to put down roots and build their careers,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, editor-in-chief of “We’re excited to highlight these cities and help freelancers decide on their next move.”

5 Best Cities for Freelancers in 2020
1. Tulsa, Oklahoma
2. Baltimore, Maryland
3. Boise, Idaho
4. Fort Worth, Texas
5. Provo, Utah

For more information about the 5 Best Cities for Freelancers in 2020, please contact:
Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Editor-in-Chief, at

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