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Tewksbury Ranked 10th of the Best Places to Work from Home!

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Last year, Americans seriously stepped up our WFH game. We turned kitchen tables and living rooms into home offices, leaned into the art of video conferencing, and navigated a more complicated work-life balance.

It was a necessary transition, with offices across the country shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19. Americans fortunate enough to keep their jobs, now had to learn to do those jobs remotely. Thirty-eight percent of adults have either switched to telework or live with someone who has, according to a December survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Even as vaccines start to make the rounds in the U.S., the new year promises more of the same. Major corporations like Target, Google, and Ford have extended at-home measures to July 2021. Still others, like Dropbox and Twitter, have adopted policies that allow employees to work from home permanently if they choose, opening the possibility of moving to a more affordable location and getting some much-needed elbow room.

Seventy-two percent of homebuyers surveyed by real estate brokerage Redfin said they expect to continue working remotely after the pandemic subsides. A third of respondents said they would relocate if their remote work became permanent — and a third said they already have.
To help this group decide where to consider, Money analyzed 157,000 data points across nearly 2,000 cities and towns in the U.S. to find the best places to live if you work from home.

As with our flagship Best Places to Live list, we considered the cost of living, safety, and the quality of education in each location. For this list, we also considered the share of residents that worked from home pre-pandemic and prioritized a good at-home setup: enough space to give everyone a room to themselves, access to necessities like daycare facilities and pharmacies, and, of course, sufficient internet connection.

According to service provider comparison site BroadbandNow, an internet connection that offers 100 Mbps (million bits per second) for downloading and 25 Mbps for uploading is the minimum needed for multiple people to effectively work from home. Downloading is used for things like streaming or scrolling through social media, while uploading speed is important for video conferencing and putting files on cloud storage.

In all 10 places on our list, at least 98% of residents have adequate internet access at home to support multiple people working and video conferencing simultaneously

10. Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Median home price: $435,000
Percent of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park: 60.1%
Percent of employed working from home pre-pandemic: 3.0%
No. of restaurants per 1,000 residents: 4

Tewksbury is a great choice for anyone who works from home and doesn’t mind a little cold. And why should you? While commuters here travel an average 34 minutes each way, you won’t need to trudge through the 43 inches of snow a year, much less leave the toasty comforts of your Massachusetts home.

In Tewksbury, 82% of homes are owner-occupied, which comes with its benefits. Homeowners are thought to be extra committed to keeping local streets clean, safe, and friendly. That’s especially valuable in these times: After Maryland, Massachusetts is home to more households with an employee working remotely as a result of the pandemic than any other state in the U.S.
Home prices here are reasonable for the area and homeowners are profiting from their purchases. An index measuring the interest in buying a house here, showed that Tewksbury was an outlier in terms of the number of views properties were getting on listing site, when compared to the rest of the country. And sales prices were up 16.6% from the first quarter of 2018 to the same time in 2020, which is more than any other city on our list or any other city Money analyzed in Massachusetts.

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