The Most and Least Expensive States To Work From Home

While America finally got some good news in early June when the May jobs report shocked many economists with a surprisingly sunny picture, the fact remains that a great number of Americans were thrust into unemployment this year — suddenly and with little opportunity to prepare. For many, their chosen profession was revealed to be dependent on the sort of in-person work that suddenly became untenable as the virus spread. All of this has brought the benefits of remote work to the top of many people’s minds, and some are now undoubtedly considering a career where that’s possible.
However, working from home is more viable of an option in some states than others. With utilities like electricity and internet shifting to you instead of the office, the cost of those basics can have a big impact on your budget. And if you live in a state where they cost more, your work-from-home prospects suddenly become a little bit less attractive.
But which states are going to squeeze you with bills, and which ones could be your work-from-home paradise? That’s what this GOBankingRates study lays out, drawing on the average costs of gas, electricity, and internet to determine which states are among the least expensive for remote workers and which make it that much harder. So, take a closer look and see if your state is helping or hurting you when it comes to working from home.Muskogee is a town in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States.
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1. Least Expensive States To Work From Home

These states offer the best combination of low-cost internet, electricity and gas, making them the more cost-effective areas to operate your home office.
Stock photo of condominium apartment buildings with parking lot and back yard in Dallas, Texas, USA.
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2. Texas

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,175.52 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $142.12
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 3.70 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $34.78
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3. Michigan

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 670.62 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $107.63
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 7.00 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $53.70
Downtown of Indianapolis by Indiana Central Canal.
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4. Indiana

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,006.24 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $122.66
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 7.00 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $53.21
"Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfrontMore Virginia Beach Images".
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5. Virginia

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,164.74 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $142.91
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $50.13
BOZEMAN, MT -7 SEP 2018- View of downtown Bozeman, Montana, home to the campus of Montana State University (MSU).
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6. Montana

  • Average monthly internet bill: $45
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 850.09 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $96.23
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $31.75
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - July 21, 2013: People on a horse drawn carriage in downtown Cheyenne.
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7. Wyoming

  • Average monthly internet bill: $45
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 840.70 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $90.04
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $35.89
JOHNSON CITY, TN, USA-9/30/18: Downtown image showing intersection of Market and Commerce.
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8. Tennessee

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,282.87 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $138.68
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.06 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $31.57
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9. Arizona

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,028.49 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $125.06
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $57.18
Fayetteville, Arkansas / USA - May 04 2019: Building Facade view, historical square downtown Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas.
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10. Arkansas

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,155.99 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $117.10
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 3.70 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $39.56
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11. Illinois

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 744.01 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $97.99
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 7.00 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $49.01
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 18, 2017: "Sing the Queen city" is a 3D sculpture that is part of Cincinnati's Artworks urban public art project.
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12. Ohio

  • Average monthly internet bill: $25
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 913.95 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $107.66
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 7.00 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $54.96
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13. Minnesota

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 786.30 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $101.04
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $40.37
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14. Nevada

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 946.90 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $114.76
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $49.28
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15. Kansas

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 933.83 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $118.41
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $47.85
Fargo, North Dakota, USA - June 12, 2017: Daytime view of Fargo's historic Front Street now Main Street in the heart of the downtown district.
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16. North Dakota

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,118.06 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $111.81
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $32.65
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17. Oregon

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 901.33 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $98.70
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 2.80 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $27.52
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18. Missouri

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,117.99 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $111.69
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $51.94
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19. Louisiana

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,281.56 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $116.37
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 3.70 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $40.48
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20. Washington

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 957.11 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $91.88
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 2.80 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $28.76
Denver, Colorado, USA downtown cityscape in Civic Center park at dusk.
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21. Colorado

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 690.70 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $83.16
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $30.88
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22. Idaho

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 944.50 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $91.05
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $31.51
Park City, Utah, USA town skyline over Main Street at twilight.
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23. Utah

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 741.91 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $75.38
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $40.32
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24. Nebraska

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,020.91 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $107.71
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $37.31
Photo of a city street with new, colorful townhouses in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
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25. New Mexico

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 639.29 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $79.72
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.82 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $26.98
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA downtown skyline at twilight.
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26. Oklahoma

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,138.67 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $112.05
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 3.70 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $25.37
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27. Most Expensive States To Work From Home

While working from home is better than not working at all, it is going to cost you more if you’re doing it in one of these states.
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA town skyline on the Kentucky River at dusk.
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28. Kentucky

  • Average monthly internet bill: $35
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,166.24 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $125.49
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.06 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $43.30
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29. Delaware

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 977.03 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $126.53
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $49.22
Aerial view of downtown Cedarburg Wisconsin known for its quaint downtown district lined with historic buildings.
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30. Wisconsin

  • Average monthly internet bill: $40
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 692.57 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $102.02
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 7.00 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $49.29
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31. Mississippi

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,247.18 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $143.92
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.06 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $45.49
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32. Pennsylvania

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 864.13 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $118.82
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 6.01 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $65.62
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33. Georgia

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,142.41 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $130.24
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $58.43
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, USA - October 7, 2018 - View of High Street and Lower Town.
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34. West Virginia

  • Average monthly internet bill: $38
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,133.00 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $135.73
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $40.61
"A typical row of late 19th century row homes are seen in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City.
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35. New York

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 604.39 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $103.77
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 6.01 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $72.05
Annapolis, Maryland, USA downtown view over Main Street with the State House at dawn.
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36. Maryland

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,005.30 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $136.62
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $54.28
Downtown Greenville, SC South Carolina Skyline Cityscape at Sunrise.
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37. South Carolina

  • Average monthly internet bill: $25
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,159.01 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $148.24
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $60.51
DES MOINES, IOWA - JULY 11, 2018: Des Moines, Iowa Skyline from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
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38. Iowa

  • Average monthly internet bill: $50
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 892.43 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $110.66
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $40.19
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - October 06, 2018: street scene of downtown Rapid City with buildings and businesses.
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39. South Dakota

  • Average monthly internet bill: $50
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,045.10 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $116.84
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.76 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $39.33
Brattleboro, Vermont, USA - October 19, 2018: Morning view of Main Street in the most populous municipality abutting Vermont's eastern border with New Hampshire.
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40. Vermont

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 559.56 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $109.67
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $67.02
Morristown is a town and county seat of Morris County, New Jersey, United States.
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41. New Jersey

  • Average monthly internet bill: $40
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 689.70 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $111.32
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 6.01 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $54.56
Greensboro skyline with pink, orange, and yellow at sunset.
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42. North Carolina

  • Average monthly internet bill: $35
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,128.51 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $131.81
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $62.67
San Jose is the economic, cultural and political center of Silicon Valley, and the largest city in Northern California.
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43. California

  • Average monthly internet bill: $40
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 546.31 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $111.94
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 2.80 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $38.29
Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States.
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44. New Hampshire

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 621.12 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $117.83
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $73.62
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45. Florida

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,110.12 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $129.22
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.33 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $80.10
Newport, Rhode Island.
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46. Rhode Island

  • Average monthly internet bill: $20
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 589.01 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $136.95
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $77.82
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47. Maine

  • Average monthly internet bill: $45
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 571.95 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $94.54
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $74.07
Urban scene of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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48. Alabama

  • Average monthly internet bill: $35
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 1,236.48 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $157.90
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 4.06 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $59.12
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49. Alaska

  • Average monthly internet bill: $50
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 572.38 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $127.76
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 2.80 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $30.18
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50. Massachusetts

  • Average monthly internet bill: $30
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 607.13 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $138.42
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $80.17
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51. Connecticut

  • Average monthly internet bill: $38
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 723.85 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $168.66
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 5.59 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $74.91
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52. Hawaii

  • Average monthly internet bill: $45
  • Average monthly electricity consumption: 517.78 kWh
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $171.39
  • Average monthly natural gas consumption: 2.80 Mcf
  • Average monthly gas bill: $123.02

    Methodology: To find out where workers can expect to spend the most on increased utility usage while working from home, GOBankingRates first used U.S. Energy Information Administration monthly reports to find (1) the average price of electricity (dollars/kWh) and (2) natural gas (dollars/Mcf) service for residential consumers in every state in March 2020. Then, the most recent average residential consumption data available from the EIA (2018 data by state for electricity and 2015 data by region for gas), GOBankingRates calculated the (3) average monthly bill for electricity and (4) gas service in each state. GOBankingRates sourced information on (5) the average monthly internet service bill for consumers in each state from RENTCafĂ©. States were then scored against each other on factors 1-5 and ranked based on their cumulative score. The number of workers who worked from home in each state before the COVID-19 crisis according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey and the percent of the labor force these remote workers represented is also provided for context on where workers are already accustomed to remote work. All data was collected on and up to date as of June 3, 2020.