published on February 27, 2020 - 2:10 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A new report is putting Fresno on a national list once again — this time for being one of the top 15 cities across the U.S. for freelancers in 2020.

According to “Freelancing in America,” a report produced by the Freelancer’s Union, the share of full-time freelancers in the U.S. increased from 17% in 2014 to 28% in 2019.

Fresno was rated No. 14, in part because of its lower housing costs compared to cities such as Los Angeles and Oakland and because of its unemployment rate and job growth.

Based on 2018 U.S. Census data, 8.8% of the workforce identifies as self-employed in Fresno. That self-employed population pays 25.1% of its income for housing costs, according to the data.

Topping the list was Atlanta, Georgia, followed by Oakland at No. 2, and closing the top 15 was Portland, Oregon.

Other California cities on the list include Long Beach (No. 10), Los Angeles (No. 12) and San Francisco (No. 28).

To create the list, online business loan broker Fundera weighed the impact of seven variables on the 50 largest U.S. cities by number of workers. Some of the variables included self-employment rates, housing costs as percent of income for self-employed, job growth, change in self-employment rates and even the number of coffee shops.

“If you’re looking to live in a major city while building your career as a freelancer, nearly any of the top 20 from this list would be a good choice,” the report concludes. “If you prefer a smaller city or a rural area, you may not have as robust a freelance culture to draw on, but you’ll certainly see other benefits that we can’t account for here.”

The top 15 U.S. Cities for freelancers are:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Oakland, California
  3. Tucson, Arizona
  4. El Paso, Texas
  5. Houston, Texas
  6. Dallas Texas
  7. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  8. Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Long Beach, California
  11. Fort Worth, Texas
  12. Los Angeles, California
  13. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  14. Fresno, California
  15. Portland, Oregon


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