What’s the best city in the world for remote workers? Nope, wrong. Try again. Uh-uh, still wrong. Because according to a study from IcelandAir (no word on whether it’s been peer-reviewed), the winner of the best US city to work remotely is Kansas City, MO.
Icelandair ranked 150 global cities on seven criteria, ranging from quality of life to internet speed and placed Kansas City at the top. The midwest dark horse didn’t rank #1 in any single category, but did well enough across a range of them to finish first. The city’s slower lifestyle also works in its favor. There are some great reasons to travel to major metropolitans such as New York or London, but few people head there to relax.
There are some great runners-up, though. Number two? Vienna, another city that is known for its affable lifestyle. It’s no surprise that the Austrian capital is a frequent winner of surveys of the most livable cities in the world. Wellington (New Zealand), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Edinburgh (UK) rounded out the top five. Australia also gets kudos for having two cities, Perth and Brisbane, in the top ten.
How About Reykjavik?
Since it was an Icelandair study, you might expect Reykjavik to do well, and you wouldn’t be wrong, with the Icelandic capital showing up at #12. Naturally, “air pollution” was one of its strongest categories.
For those looking for a cheap trip between North America and Europe, Icelandair is always an inexpensive option. Its flights are generally limited to major cities on each continent, but they have several codeshare partners, including airBaltic, SAS, Finnair, JetBlue and Alaska. An added bonus is that you can take a free stopover in Iceland if you want to extend your trip.
Planning Your Workation to Kansas City
If you’re planning on visiting Kansas City, have your Rapid Rewards account ready, since Southwest carries almost 50% of the passengers that visit the city. Delta and American fill out the top three.