When it comes to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, employees in certain U.S. cities and towns — including a town in Massachusetts — have fared the best, according to Money magazine.
The publication recently released a list of the 10 best places to live if you work from home, and Tewksbury ranked No. 10. It was the only New England spot on the list. The No. 1 place to work from home was Reston, Virginia.
“Tewksbury is a great choice for anyone who works from home and doesn’t mind a little cold,” wrote Money, adding that remote employees in the Massachusetts town trade trudging through 43 inches of snow per year for the “toasty comforts” of home.
Money analyzed 157,000 data points across nearly 2,000 U.S. cities and towns to compile the list, including only places with a population above 25,000 and tossing those that lack racial diversity, have more than double the national crime rate, and less than 85 percent of their state’s median household income. The following factors were considered: the cost of living, housing market, quality of life, mental and physical health factors, diversity, amenities, education, and economic health.
“As with our flagship Best Places to Live list, we considered the cost of living, safety, and the quality of education in each location,” wrote Money. “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.”
In Tewksbury, 60.1 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, and there are four restaurants per every 1,000 residents, according to Money. Pre-pandemic, 3 percent of employed Tewksbury residents worked from home.
The median home price in Tewksbury is $435,000, and 80 percent of homes are owner-occupied, so homeowners are “extra committed to keeping local streets clean, safe, and friendly,” the magazine wrote, which is “especially valuable in these times.”
“Home prices here are reasonable for the area and homeowners are profiting from their purchases,” wrote Money, noting that home prices were up 16.6 percent from the first quarter of 2018 to the same time in 2020 — more than any other location on the list or any other Massachusetts place analyzed.
Massachusetts is second in the nation, behind only Maryland, when it comes to the number of households with an employee working remotely due to the pandemic, according to Money.
View Money‘s entire list of 10 best places to live if you work from home.