Home work

A few Minnesota cities rank high in work-from-home rankings

By Tom Johnson

Mankato and St. Cloud are among the nation's top cities for working from home, according to a report released in March by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the total workforce, 7.7 percent in the Mankato-North Mankato metro area and 7.6 percent in St. Cloud cite home as their primary workplace. These numbers put the cities in sixth and eighth place respectively for the largest proportions of stay-at-home workers in the nation.

The number of home-based workers in the Twin Cities also increased in recent years, from around 22,000 in 2000 to 82,500 in 2010 (making it the fifth-largest increase among major metropolitan areas).

Nearly half of home-based workers in the survey reported self-employment, and approximately one-fourth worked in the fields of management, business, and finance.

The top city in the nation? Boulder, Colorado.