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State of Telecommuting in the US

Get the latest data on telecommuting / remote work / work-from-home trends here.

We have been analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data on telecommuting since 2005. Every year, the America Community Survey (ACS) asks members of 3.5 million households questions about where they work. Unfortunately, Census only releases a few basic findings in a media-friendly format, but the rest of the details are buried in databases that we download and analyze.

Our analysis of ACS work-from-home data is based on full-time employees who replied “worked at home” to the survey question: “What was your primary means of transportation to work during the survey week?” It does not include the self-employed, unpaid family workers, employees who split their day between an office and home, those who work extra hours at home, or employees who work at home less than half the time.

Keep in mind that the entire work-at-home population is 10 to 15 times larger than just full-time employees who work at home half-time or more, the focus of the report.

Our latest analysis of ACS work-from-home data is available on our telecommuting statistics page. Additional details about remote work and other trends are available in our free white papers.

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