The portion of people working primarily from home in Washington, D.C., last year was the highest of any large city in the nation, with nearly half of workers 16 and older working remotely, about seven times more than before the pandemic, reports The Washington Post.
WaPo reports that the numbers “were up everywhere, with nearly 18 percent of people across the United States working from home last year, three times the portion who were just before the pandemic, according to Census Bureau data released Thursday. But in many large urban and suburban jurisdictions the share was much higher, reflecting a massive shift in how Americans work and coming as many companies try to woo, coerce or threaten employees into returning to the office.
“In the District, 48.3 percent of employees worked remotely in 2021, compared with around 6 or 7 percent between 2017 and 2019. Second on the list of the biggest 50 cities was Seattle (46.8 percent), followed by San Francisco (45.6 percent), Austin (38.8 percent) and Atlanta (38.7 percent).
Among metro areas over 1 million in population, the Washington, D.C., region ranked third in remote work, at 33.1 percent, just below the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas (35.1 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively).”
WaPo adds that of the five top large counties for working from home, “three were in the Washington metro area, with the District in the top slot and Fairfax and Montgomery counties fourth and fifth, at 37.2 and 37.1 percent, respectively.”