Blog Post

Insight: Working from Home in Utah

By Heidi Prior

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly accelerated growth in the number of Utahns who work from home. Between 2019 and 2021, Utah’s home-based workforce nearly tripled, and the share of workers based at home rose from 7.4% to 20.0%, according to the 2021 1-year data from the American Community Survey.

You can learn more about which Utahns work from home and how the state’s home-based workforce differs from before the pandemic in our latest fact sheet. Data describing home-based workers in individual counties and metro areas is also included.

Unbeknownst to most observers, Utah was exceptional for its home-based workers before the pandemic. In 2019, our state had the 3rd highest share of home-based workers in the 50 states and Washington D.C. Back then, the West stood out for its high work-from-home rates, with Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon joining Utah as the five states with the highest percentage of home-based workers.

By 2021, the share of home-based workers had increased in every state, and Washington D.C., Washington state, and Maryland had the highest rates in the nation. Though Utah’s ranking dropped to 12th highest in 2021, the Western U.S. still reported the highest percentage of home-based workers of the four U.S. regions: 20.7%, compared to 20.2% in the Northeast, 16.1% in the South, and 15.8% in the Midwest.

Figure 1. Top 35 Work from Home States in the United States and Washington D.C., 2019 and 2021