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Fastest growing
remote work hubs
of 2021

Remote work is now on an exponential trajectory and growing fast. With its growth, thousands of destinations, from tiny surf villages to cosmopolitan mega cities, are now competing to attract remote workers. Every second, Nomad List tracks the movement of tens of thousands of digital nomads to spot the currently trending places to live and work remotely.

Destinations here are ranked by growth rates of check-ins made to places by tens of thousands of Nomad List members using live data analyzing 148,240 check-ins. The primary rank is the most recent growth in check-ins.

These table shows the growth in check-ins for each year in the last 5 years, as well as the last 5 year's growth numbers, and it's ranked by the last 2 year's growth numbers to give you an idea of the fastest growing remote work hubs. It also shows the current rank on Nomad List, so you can gauge the popularity of the place.

Note that the COVID19 pandemic in 2020 has influenced the numbers in 2020 and 2021 and will probably continue doing so for awhile. For example: places with less travel restrictions (like Mexico) have grown faster for that reason, amongst others.


Fastest growing remote work hubs in 2021

Destinations that are growing fast this year.




Fastest growing already established remote work hubs

Destinations that are growing fast in the last 5 years and already have a high amounts of remote workers there now.




Fastest growing remote work hubs in last 5 years

These remote work hubs have consistently grown in check-ins in the last 5 years, from 2016 to 2020.







Most consistently growing remote work hubs which have affordable real estate that foreigners can invest in

These remote work hubs have consistently grown in check-ins in the last 5 years (not counting the current year), have low priced real estate (< $350,000 median 1br house price) and let foreigners legally own real estate. These might be good places to invest in real estate.




Top remote work hubs by visits in 2020

These are the overall most visited remote work hubs by absolute trip counts in 2020, regardless of growth.




Top remote work hubs by month

This table shows the movement from place to place by month by Nomad List members in the last 5 years.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BangkokBangkokBangkokBangkok 1▲ LondonLondon 1▲ BerlinBerlin 1▲ London 13▲ Chiang Mai 1▲ BangkokBangkok
 1▲ Chiang Mai 1▲ LondonLondonLondon 1▲ New York City 1▲ Berlin 1▼ LondonLondon 1▲ Barcelona 8▲ Bangkok 1▼ Chiang Mai 2▲ London
 1▼ London 1▼ Chiang Mai 1▲ Canggu 3▲ New York City 1▲ Berlin 3▲ Barcelona 1▲ Paris 2▲ Barcelona 2▼ Berlin 2▼ London 1▲ Lisbon 1▼ Chiang Mai
New York City 2▲ Canggu 2▲ San Francisco 1▲ Berlin 1▲ ParisParis 1▲ New York CityNew York City 3▲ LisbonLisbon 1▼ London 1▲ New York City
 4▲ San Francisco 2▲ Singapore 5▲ Berlin 2▲ Paris 2▲ San Francisco 3▼ New York City 2▼ Barcelona 2▼ Paris 1▼ New York CityNew York CityNew York City 2▲ Paris
 9▲ Canggu 1▼ San Francisco 2▲ New York City 7▲ Amsterdam 6▲ Barcelona 1▲ Lisbon 1▲ Amsterdam 3▲ Budapest 1▼ Paris 4▼ Barcelona 1▲ Berlin 4▲ Amsterdam
 1▲ Singapore 1▲ Kuala Lumpur 6▲ Paris 3▼ San Francisco 3▲ Lisbon 2▲ Amsterdam 1▼ LisbonLisbon 1▲ Amsterdam 4▼ Berlin 2▲ Paris 1▼ Berlin
 3▲ Kuala Lumpur 4▼ New York City 1▼ Kuala Lumpur 6▲ Chiang Mai 7▼ Bangkok 3▼ San Francisco 2▲ Prague 2▼ Amsterdam 1▲ San Francisco 1▼ Amsterdam 2▼ Barcelona 3▲ Singapore
 3▲ Barcelona 7▲ Amsterdam 2▲ Barcelona 3▲ Tokyo 3▼ Amsterdam 6▲ BudapestBudapest 2▲ San Francisco 3▼ Budapest 3▼ Paris 2▲ San FranciscoSan Francisco
 3▼ BerlinBerlin 2▲ Ubud 7▲ Lisbon 3▲ Singapore 1▲ Prague 1▲ Bangkok 2▼ Prague 1▲ Bangkok 1▼ Budapest 2▼ Amsterdam 7▼ Lisbon
 6▼ Paris 2▼ Barcelona 6▼ Singapore 8▼ Canggu 10▲ Prague 3▼ Bangkok 3▼ San Francisco 1▼ Bangkok 3▲ Istanbul 3▼ San Francisco 4▲ Singapore 4▲ Kuala Lumpur
 6▲ Los Angeles 5▲ Ubud 3▲ Tokyo 3▼ Barcelona 3▼ Tokyo 1▲ Los AngelesLos AngelesLos Angeles 2▼ Prague 8▲ CangguCanggu 4▼ Barcelona
 1▲ Ho Chi Minh City 2▼ Paris 4▼ Amsterdam 2▼ Singapore 5▲ Los Angeles 7▲ Vienna 1▲ Singapore 10▲ Madrid 1▼ Los Angeles 3▲ Tokyo 7▲ Ubud 1▲ Mexico City
 1▼ Mexico City 1▲ Medellín 11▼ Chiang Mai 12▲ Madrid 6▼ Chiang Mai 4▼ Singapore 5▲ Belgrade 2▲ Istanbul 8▲ Chiang Mai 8▲ Mexico CityMexico City 4▲ Ho Chi Minh City
#fffMedellín 5▲ Tokyo 1▲ Los Angeles 4▲ BudapestBudapest 7▲ Madrid 6▲ Rome 6▲ Split 1▲ Rome 4▲ Singapore 7▲ Kuala Lumpur 3▼ Canggu
 10▼ Amsterdam 4▼ Los Angeles 2▲ Mexico City 8▼ Kuala Lumpur 9▲ Seoul#fffPorto 11▲ Istanbul 1▼ Rome#fffTokyo 4▼ Prague 5▲ Hong Kong 1▲ Tokyo
 11▲ Ubud 4▼ Ho Chi Minh City 2▲ Lisbon 1▼ Mexico CityMexico City 5▼ Tokyo#fffCopenhagen 4▼ Singapore 4▲ Athens 4▼ Los Angeles 4▼ Tokyo 8▲ Phuket
 7▲ Buenos Aires 4▼ Mexico City 1▼ Ho Chi Minh City 3▼ Los Angeles 7▼ Canggu 4▼ Chiang MaiChiang Mai#fffStockholm 5▼ Madrid 7▼ Istanbul 11▲ Ho Chi Minh City 4▲ Los Angeles
 9▼ LisbonLisbon 8▲ Budapest 1▲ Hong Kong#fffCopenhagen#fffBelgrade 3▲ Kuala Lumpur 11▲ Mexico City 2▼ Singapore 1▼ Madrid 3▼ Prague#fffDubai
 4▼ Tokyo 2▼ Buenos Aires#fffHong Kong 10▼ Ubud 6▲ Vienna#fffAthens 7▼ ViennaVienna 8▲ Canggu 6▲ Ubud#fffTaipei#fffVienna
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