The Geography of Working From Home Begins to Shift Again

The Oakland Hills Public Use Microdata Area, or PUMA (a Census Bureau designation that I’ll explain in a moment), in Oakland, California, contains some of the most appealing urban neighborhoods in the US. There are charming residential streets designed by the Olmsted Brothers in Crocker Highlands and Trestle Glen, great restaurants and shops in Lakeshore, Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge and Temescal, houses perched on impossibly steep streets in the hills proper with sweeping views of San Francisco and the bay, and rugged parkland to the north and east.

Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that people there don’t want to commute to offices in downtown Oakland, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Last year, an estimated 45.4% of employed Oakland Hills residents worked primarily from home, the highest such share in the US. Here’s a list of the 50 PUMAs with the highest work-from-home share in 2022, which I realize is a lot of places to squeeze into a table (especially on a phone), but I decided to try anyway because, admit it, you want to see if your neighborhood is on the list.

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