Key Digital Nomad Statistics and Facts
The number of digital nomads in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past couple years—from 4.8 million in 2018 to 10.9 million in 2020.
The average digital nomad age in 2021 is 32 years old.
70% of American digital nomads are white, 14% are African-American, 7% are Asian, 7% are Hispanic, and 2% are of other ethnicity.
49% of digital nomads earn the same salary (or more) than their prior office job.
38% of American digital nomads earn over $75,000 per year while enjoying a lower cost of living.
34% plan to be digital nomads for a year or less—many expect to return to the office after the pandemic.
Only 24% of location-independent remote workers actually mix work and travel simultaneously.
Most digital nomads travel slow, with only 17% visiting more than 5 countries per year.
85% of business owners say their business is more productive when people work remotely.
Over half of digital nomads (52%) rated finding reliable wifi as one of the top challenges of the nomadic lifestyle.
Only 30% of digital nomads report working over 40 hours per week.
Van lifers make up 17% of American digital nomads.
Who are Digital Nomads?
A digital nomad is a traveler who supports themselves online while “nomading” around the globe.
Armed with their digital nomad laptop and traveling office, they rely on travel-friendly mobile hotspots and open-source internet in co-working locations like coffee shops or shared workspaces.
Digital nomads come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common:
A passion for travel, adventure, and most importantly, freedom.