North Dakota ranked as one of the worst states to work from home in a study released by personal finance website WalletHub Tuesday, April 6.
Only Alaska and Hawaii ranked below North Dakota in the Best States for Working from Home report. Montana also ranked low, coming in at 46 on the list
South Dakota fared much better, ranking 14th. Minnesota was near the middle at 26.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub reports that just 20% of all employed people whose jobs could be done from home actually worked from home all or most of the time. That number has now risen to 71%, with 54% saying they would want to continue working from home after the pandemic ends.
To identify which states are most conducive to working from home, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of workers working from home before COVID-19 to internet cost and cybersecurity. WalletHub also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state. Together, the metrics were used to illustrate how feasible working from home is in terms of cost, comfort and safety.