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How Americans Are Converting Home Spaces Into Workspaces

The pandemic has completely changed the way many people across the country are able to work and working from home is quickly becoming mainstream. 

According to a survey from LendingTree, 47% of those who responded to the survey claim they are now working remotely. The top three spaces for working from home were dedicated office spaces (42%), living rooms (19%), and bedrooms (18%). 

There were 8% of respondents who said they used shared office space while 7% of Americans are working from their kitchen tables. About 3% were using a guest room to work, 2% said they worked outside, and 2% worked elsewhere in their home. 

Homeowners are more likely than renters to work mostly in a dedicated office area than renters, who worked mostly in their living rooms. Among homeowners, 75% said they were satisfied with their work-from-home situation in contrast with 44% of renters.

Americans who are most likely to work remotely are “members of Generation X, men, Northeasterners and those with an annual income of at least $100,000.” Men were 60% more likely than women to have a dedicated office space in their homes and were more likely to be “completely satisfied” with their work-from-home space.

The survey also found that white Americans were more likely to have a dedicated office space. The findings show that 52% of white remote workers had a designated office space compared to 27% of Black workers, 23% of Latinos and 23% of Asian remote workers. 

While 50% of Gen Xers (ages 40 to 54) and 56% of Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 74) said they have a formal office area in their homes, 48% of millennials (ages 24 to 39) reported working from the living room, bedroom, or kitchen table. Over 25% of Gen Zers (ages 18 to 23) said they mostly worked from their bedrooms.

Having the ability to work from home is leading some Americans to reconsider their living situation. According to the survey, 27% of those who responded claimed they were considering relocating to a new house or apartment within the next year while still staying local. Among those who said they were thinking about a change of scenery, 27% said they were looking to move into a place with a larger office space or kitchen.

About Author: Cristin Espinosa

Cristin Espinosa is a reporter for DS News and MReport. She graduated from Southern Methodist University where she worked as an editor and later as a digital media producer for The Daily Campus. She has a broadcast background as well, serving as a producer for SMU-TV. She wrote for the food section during her fellowship at The Dallas Morning News and has also contributed to Advocate Magazine and The Dallas Observer.
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