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Key Digital Nomad Statistics and Facts

Quick Stats

  • 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.


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