While much of the country is being battered with record low temperatures and a wave of snow storms, here on the shores of the Colorado River we are enjoying sunny days. During times such as these I am reminded of a story told about Ed Edgerton of Ed’s Camp on Route 66 near Oatman. When asked why he had immigrated from Michigan to Arizona, purportedly he simply said that at least I will be warm when I starve to death.
I have little information about the employment situation in the area during the post WWI economic recession. However, I do know that today Bullhead City is the land of opportunity. And I also know that it is a modern, progressive community with an eye on the future.
In the pre COVID world several companies had begun experimenting with the concept of employees working from home. Some employees were even working from city’s far from their office. GIG workers and independent contractors were also becoming an integral part of the work force.
COVID and the resultant quarantine measures dramatically escalated the evolutionary speed of work place transformation. The United States Department of Labor estimates that last year an astounding 62 percent of employed Americans were working remotely for at least a portion of the pandemic.
The pandemic seems to be waning. This is not the case with remote work. The trend toward remote work is expected to grow during the rest of 2021. There are estimates that by 2025, seventy percent of the workforce will be working remotely for at least one week each month.
San Francisco based Twitter informed employees in May 2020 that they could work from home indefinitely. Square, which is also led by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, has adopted a similar policy. And Mark Zuckerberg recently told Facebook employees in late that many would work remotely indefinitely and is developing plans to keep staff remote through mid 2021.
With the increasing interest in remote work and the dramatic transformation of employment that this movement represents, it is not surprising to learn that numerous studies have been initiated. Nor is it surprising to learn that communities large and small are now actively promoting themselves as ideal locations for remote workers.
InMyArea recently compared data across four areas: the percentage of a city’s residents with access to high-speed wired internet, the percentage of a city’s residents with access to affordable basic wired broadband internet plans, monthly rent costs, and housing cost per square foot. After compiling the information they published a list of the ten best U.S. cities suitable for working from home in 2021.
Bullhead City was deemed the best city for working remotely in the state of Arizona. An even more prestigious accolade came with the pronouncement that the city placed sixth overall for best medium sized cities to work from home.
Tired of long grey winters, cold, and snow? Perhaps you should consider relocating to Bullhead City, Arizona. Contact the Bullhead Chamber of Commerce for more information about the land of opportunity and sunshine.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America