America’s 10 Best Cities for Remote Workers

A view of Kansas City, Missouri.
A view of Kansas City, Missouri.
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The benefits of having a full-time job that doesn’t require you to spend most of your daylight hours crammed in a cubicle—or in an office at all—are abundant. You don’t have to worry about someone stealing your clearly-labeled lunch from the refrigerator, you don’t have to dread rush-hour traffic, and you might not even have to leave your bed.

Having said that, there are still plenty of variables that could make your experience as a remote worker less than stellar, and some of them depend on where you live. If your city has notoriously poor Wi-Fi signals, for example, or a conspicuous lack of coffee shops, you might find yourself fantasizing about a 14th-floor corporate cubicle more than you thought was possible.

To find out where you’d have the best chance of thriving as an off-site employee, digital marketing professional David Cusick analyzed data from the 50 most populated U.S. cities and came up with a list of the overall best locations for remote workers, which he shared on his blog Overheard on Conference Calls. Using information from Yelp, Numbeo's Cost of Living Index, Ookla, and the U.S. Census Bureau, Cusick ranked the cities based on their performance in these five categories: Wi-Fi speed, number of co-working spaces and coffee shops per capita, cost of living, and time saved on commutes.

The winner was Kansas City, Missouri, which, according to this study, has the country’s fastest Wi-Fi speeds—a factor that Cusick weighted double in his points-based ranking system. The runner-up was Salt Lake City, Utah, an ideal place to work from home partially because of its low cost of living. It’s also the northernmost city in the top 10, three of which are in Texas (Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas).

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Overheard on Conference Calls

See the rest of the list below, and find out how to boost your remote-work productivity levels here.

  1. Kansas City, Missouri
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  1. Austin, Texas
  1. Raleigh, North Carolina
  1. San Antonio, Texas
  1. Denver, Colorado
  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  1. Richmond, Virginia
  1. Dallas, Texas
  1. Las Vegas, Nevada

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.

The 20 Best States for Singles

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Being single on Valentine's Day means you don't have to worry about cards, gifts, or date ideas. But if you'd like to do something romantic on February 14, your chances of snagging a date in time may depend on where you live. WalletHub crunched the numbers to create a definitive list of the best states to be single and looking for love in America.

To come up with its rankings, the personal finance site analyzed numerous data points for each state, including the proportion of single adults, nightlife and entertainment opportunities, and economic factors like cost of living. Combined, these qualities paint of picture of where you're most likely to find, afford, and enjoy a date.

Florida secured the number one position with a total score of 69.21 out of 100. Though it comes in 33rd out of the 50 states for economics, it places third for dating opportunities and fourth for romance and fun, earning it the top slot. It's followed by California with a score of 67.41 and Texas with 66.77. You can check out the top 20 states below, and see how all 50 states ranked at WalletHub.

  1. Florida // 69.21
  1. California // 67.41
  1. Texas // 66.77
  1. New York // 65.29
  1. Pennsylvania // 64.61
  1. Ohio // 63.10
  1. Illinois // 62.61
  1. Wisconsin // 61.13
  1. Massachusetts // 59.11
  1. Michigan // 58.56
  1. Arizona // 57.22
  1. New Jersey // 56.71
  1. Georgia // 56.11
  1. Colorado // 56.01
  1. North Carolina // 55.58
  1. Minnesota // 55.42
  1. Virginia // 54.98
  1. Washington // 54.76
  1. Missouri // 54.29
  1. Nevada // 53.64

The world uses Valentine's Day to celebrate romance, but you can take it as an opportunity to embrace singledom in 2020. If that's your plan, here are some vintage tips for living alone to keep in mind.