An estimated 86.3% of San Francisco employees are working from homethe highest rate among 10 major U.S. metro areasThat figure slightly edges out New York at 86.1%. The San Francisco work-from-home rate held steady from the week prior, while New York increased slightly. 

Nationally, among the 10 major cities measured, the average workfromhome rate is 75.2%, according to exclusive analysis of office occupancy data collected by Kastle Systems, which measures office keycard swipes through its commercial security systems. 

The three major Texas metro areas, Austin, Dallas and Houston, started with the lowest work-from-home rates in the nation and all declined in the past week, indicated that people continue to return to offices and workplaces in the Lone Star state. On March 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the first to rescind most coronavirus restrictions, including mask mandates, and allowed business to set their own capacity limits. 

Despite one of the lowest work-from-home rates in the nation, Austin has received a flood of relocating businesses, and was the subject of a December WSJ article detailing its work from home success. 

Outside Texas, the only other city to register a decline was San Jose, whose work-from-home rate ticked down slightly from 83.0% to 82.7%. 

Los Angeles experienced an increase in its work-from-home rate from the week prior, from 75.0% to 77.5%, despite March decreases in reported Covid cases, hospitalizations, deaths and test positivity rates.  

WorkfromHome Rates in 10 Major Cities 

Rank  Metro Area  31-Mar  24-Mar  Trend 
1  San Francisco  86.3%  86.3%     ↔
2  New York  86.1%  85.8%      ↑ 
3  San Jose  82.7%  83.0%      ↓
4  Chicago  80.3%  80.1%      ↑ 
5  Washington, DC  78.8%  78.3%      ↑ 
6  Los Angeles  77.5%  75.0%     ↑↑ 
7  Philadelphia  74.7%  74.5%      ↑  
8  Austin  62.6%  67.7%    ↓↓↓
9  Houston  62.6%  65.3%     ↓↓
10  Dallas  60.3%  61.9%      ↓

Source: Kastle Systems, analysis 

Related Posts

An estimated 86.3% of San Francisco employees are working from home, the highest rate among 10 major ...
May 11, 2021
In the third instalment of her blog - you can catch the first, on maintaining creativity here  and ...
January 22, 2021
The different “kinds” of remote: finding the right fit your business Covid-19 has turned our world ...
January 14, 2021
Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter below and never miss the latest product or an exclusive offer.

White Paper DownloadRemote Work: The CEO Perspective

Read invaluable insights into how businesses are managing the sudden increase in remote working, catalysed by Covid19