Digital Nomads: Leading Remote Work

State of Independence: 2019 Research Brief

Digital nomads are leading the shift to remote and distributed work

Who are digital nomads and what is their outlook? In this State of Independence Research Brief, we explore this increasingly important trend as well as the reasons for the growing popularity of digital nomadism.

Our 2019 State of Independence in America research finds 7.3 million American workers currently describe themselves as digital nomads, which is an increase of 2.5 million from the previous year. United by a passion for travel and new adventures, digital nomads enjoy the ability to work anywhere they can connect to the Internet.


Independent workers are even more likely to embrace this lifestyle than the average worker. Data from the 2019 State of Independence in America study shows that 83 percent of full-time independent workers report working remotely at least some of the time and 37 percent work remotely full time. This broader shift to remote work means hiring firms are becoming familiar with and comfortable hiring remote workers, even if they're halfway around the world.

The outlook for digital nomadism is quite positive with many factors contributing to its success. A combination of demographic trends, technological improvements, and changing corporate views means increases in both the supply and demand for digital nomads and more opportunities for the many millions of Americans looking to join them.

Read on for our deep dive into the world of digital nomadism, and stay tuned for more Research Briefs from our State of Independence in America series throughout the remainder of the year.


Corporations also realize digital nomads bring new perspectives, ideas and thinking to their businesses, and are increasing their use of this highly skilled labor pool.


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