Dallas, Austin, and Houston grab much of the buzz about where freelancers can thrive in Texas. But a new ranking puts Fort Worth among the top five places in the U.S. for freelancers to live and work — and no other Texas city shows up on the list.
In the ranking, published January 29 by Livability.com, Fort Worth sits at No. 4. The website points out that freelancers enjoy a huge advantage across Texas — the lack of a state income tax. But, the website adds, Fort Worth “affords a better lifestyle overall for independent contractors” than other large cities in Texas do.
In a head-to-head comparison, Livability.com notes that slightly more people in Fort Worth are self-employed (6.4 percent) than in Dallas (5.9 percent). The cities also are similar in terms of cost of living, Livability.com says, but rents are lower in Fort Worth than in Dallas.
Furthermore, Fort Worth ranks among the top 100 coffee cities in the U.S., “which means there will be plenty of pour-overs to fuel you for your deadline and spaces to work when you don’t feel like staying at home,” Livability.com says.
Livability.com also cites the presence in Fort Worth of the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, along with the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
“Besides the large community of self-employed workers and the lack of state income tax, the ‘City of Cowboys and Culture’ has a lot to offer a recently relocated freelancer,” Livability.com says.
Here’s Livability.com’s list of the top five U.S. cities for freelancers:
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Boise, Idaho
- Fort Worth
- Provo, Utah
To compile its list, Livability.com compared U.S. cities offering perks and infrastructure that improve the lives of freelancers, including relocation incentives, low tax rates, high percentages of freelance workers, and fun, accessible amenities.
“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,” Winona Dimeo-Ediger, editor-in-chief of Livability.com, says in a release. “We’re excited to highlight these cities and help freelancers decide on their next move.”