Digital Nomad Statistics: Trends & Facts for 2024

Last Updated: May 15th, 2024

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Since the pandemic, the rise of the digital nomad trend has been apparent, and while this form of remote working has existed to some degree, the statistics prove that this has become as popular as ever. Gone are the days when people sat back and accepted that the only way to make money was to sit at a desk from 9 – 5 and take one vacation a year; now, more people are realizing the benefits of working remotely, whether that be at home or in far-flung destinations.

While his remote working trend has many benefits – to both employer and employee, there are plenty of exciting things to know about being a digital nomad, and this is what we will delve into in this article. From the best destinations offering digital nomad visas to the best jobs to do as a digital nomad, as well as the statistics that go with it, this article is for you if you want more insight into this sought-after lifestyle.

What is a Digital Nomad?

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a digital nomad earns a living working online in various locations rather than in a standard office or workplace. These days when someone says they are a digital nomad, it is considered a very accepted and normalized lifestyle, compared to years back, when this way of making a living was little known and, let’s face it, not promoted by employers.

While the pandemic had some drastic consequences on the world, we live in and affected many industries, especially the travel industry, one significant benefit came from this turbulent time in our recent past. While many were forced to work from home due to covid restrictions, employers noticed that their employees could still deliver great results despite not being surrounded by a team or based in an office setting.

In addition, zoom and other online tools made it much easier for people to hold meetings, build connections between team members, and meet with clients, which is why this remote way of working has become so popular since the proof was most definitely in the pudding.

Why is the Digital Nomad Trend So Popular?

With 35 million digital nomads worldwide, it’s hard to ignore that this is not just a trending lifestyle, but it is here to stay. There are many benefits to those who can work online and even more for companies who save money on on-site facilities. So, why has becoming a digital nomad become so popular? In 2020 there were 10.9 million self-proclaimed digital nomads; fast forward to 2023, when there are 35 million – proof that this has become the norm.

Some of the main reasons that digital nomadism has become popular, especially since the pandemic, because people want to be more inspired working from remote destinations, they value their time and want to avoid unnecessary commutes as well as take advantage of the technologically driven world we live in – basically because we can.

For employers, having a team of remote workers also has many benefits, including reducing geographical restrictions, cost savings, increased productivity, and extended work hours due to varied time zones. While it was once believed that employees needed to be in a work setting to feel motivated and ‘pushed’ towards delivering results, the pandemic has proven that people worked just as hard and were even more productive than in an office setting.

Check out some top digital nomad statistics proving this emote working lifestyle is rising.

Top Digital Nomad Statistics

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  • The research found that 16.9 million American workers currently describe themselves as digital nomads (Source)
  • This is an increase of 9% from 2021 and a whopping 131% from 2019 (Source)
  • The digital nomad hashtag in August 2023 was 4.2 million, while the remote work hashtag had 1.9 million posts (Instagram)
  • The number of digital nomads with traditional jobs increased by 9% from 2021 – 2022, growing from 10.2 million to 11.1 million (Source)
  • 76% of digital nomad traditional workers had either started their own business or worked independently before joining the traditional workforce compared to 40% of workers overall (Source)

The Best Destinations for Digital Nomads

What are the Benefits of being a Digital Nomad?

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  • Flexibility
  • Freedom and independence
  • Increased productivity
  • Cost savings
  • Travel opportunities
  • Cultural immersion
  • Social networking opportunities

Digital Nomad Visas

Countries with dedicated digital nomad visas as of 2024 include:

  • Croatia
  • Iceland
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Barbados
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Panama

Digital Nomad Versus Remote Worker

While these terms have been used interchangeably, the truth is that they are not the same thing. Yes, a digital nomad is a remote worker since they are working from various destinations, but a remote worker is not always a digital nomad. A remote worker can work from home but doesn’t necessarily travel, while a digital nomad’s lifestyle is based on travel and living abroad.

According to statistics, 16% of companies worldwide are fully remote, but that doesn’t mean their employees are all digital nomads. The remote job portal Upwork estimates that over 26% of the American workforce will be working remotely through 2021, and they estimate that 22% of the workforce will work remotely by 2025. Whether these remote workers work from home or far-flung destinations will determine whether they consider themselves remote workers or digital nomads.

50+ Digital Nomad Statistics

1. In 2020, 10.9 million people described themselves as digital nomads, but this number grew to 35 million by the end of 2022 (Source)

2. In 2019, 27% of digital nomads were of the baby boomers age group, but the share of baby boomers fell to 17% in 2020 and continued to decline to 12% in 2021 (Source)

3. In terms of work, the primary professions held by digital nomads are technology (21%), creative services (12%), and education and training (11%) (Source)

4. Research shows that the collective revenue of the current 35 million digital nomads is $787,000,000,000 (Source)

5. The same report showed that digital nomads spend $787 billion per year (Source)

6. Research shows that 59% of digital nomads in 2022 were male while 41% were female (Source)

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7. Most digital nomads are in their 30s and 40s, and 66% of them prefer to spend 3 – 6 months in the same place (Source)

8. 53% of digital nomads are self-taught in their profession (Source)

9. but it revealed that the most common reason why digital nomads return home is due to loneliness (Source)

10. Research found that 16.9 million American workers currently describe themselves as digital nomads (Source)

11. This is an increase of 9% from 2021 and a whopping 131% from 2019 (Source)

12. The digital nomad hashtag in August 2023 was 4.2 million, while the remote work hashtag had 1.9 million posts (Instagram)

13. The number of digital nomads with traditional jobs increased by 9% from 2021 – 2022, growing from 10.2 million to 11.1 million (Source)

14. 76% of digital nomad traditional workers had either started their own business or worked independently before joining the conventional workforce compared to 40% of workers overall (Source)

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15. Research shows that the biggest challenge facing digital nomads is finding Wi-Fi and an excellent place to do their work

16. According to a global digital nomad study, 85% of digital nomads have been on the road for a year, and the average has been traveling for 6.1 years (Source)

17. In terms of ethnicity, the study revealed that 76% are of European descent (Source)

18. Followed by 10% Hispanic, 8% Asian, and 6% black (Source)

19. The four main nationalities for digital nomads are the US (31%), Portugal (8%), Germany (7%), and Brazil (5%) (Source)

20. 61% of respondents said they started their digital nomad journey in their 20s, while 39% started in their 30s (Source)

21. 83% of digital nomads are self-employed, while 17% are employed by companies (Source)

22. 26% of business owners are in the field of coaching or e-commerce (Source)

23. While 14% of digital nomads are in the least common fields like medicine, architecture, and engineering (Source)

24. 80% of digital nomads prefer to stay in one place for 3 – 9 months, and 30% have been traveling for over ten years (Source)

25. 59% of digital nomads have a college degree or higher (versus 35% for adult Americans), and 26% have an advanced degree (versus 13% for adult Americans) (Source)

26. Statista reported that the region with the most significant number of dedicated digital nomad visas was Europe (Statista)

27. They also reported that the top remote working location is currently Bangkok, Thailand (Statista)

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28. Regarding the benefits of working remotely, Statista revealed that 22% (the highest) saw flexibility as being the most significant benefit (Statista)

29. The second most popular benefit was the flexibility to choose their desired location (19%) (Statista)

30. In 2022, around 21% of respondents stated that their biggest struggle when working remotely was staying at home too often with no reason to leave (Statista)

31. 15% of respondents reported loneliness as their biggest struggle with working remotely and not having a dedicated workspace as being another common struggle (Statista)

32. Regarding satisfaction, 82% of digital nomads said they were very satisfied with their earnings, compared to 71% of non-digital nomads who said the same thing (Source)

33. In 2022, 69% of digital nomads said they would continue this lifestyle for the next 2 –3 years, up from 54% in 2021 and 49% in 2020 (Source)

34. In terms of digital nomadism statistics and trends, one of the most interesting is that 54miillion Americans planned to become digital nomads in 2019 (Source)

35. While this number rose to 65 million in 2020 and 72 million in 2022 (Source)

36. According to this survey, 55% of digital nomads are in a relationship, while 45% are single (Source)

37. Of the 500 surveyed, it revealed that 64% were male and 36% were female digital nomads (Source)

38. 32% of those surveyed said they visit 5 – 10 countries a year (Source)

39. While 29% of the digital nomads surveyed visit 3 –5 and 9% visit 10+ (Source)

40. 27% of them earn between $1 – $2 per month, the highest percentage (Source)

41. With just 11% making the big bucks, 5k+ per month (Source)

42. 24% of these digital nomads have over eight years of experience in their profession, while 36% of them are freelancers (Source)

43. This survey conducted by FlexJobs showed that digital nomads earn between $50k – $90k per year (Source)

44. Compared to the stereotype, it revealed that the typical digital nomad was a married, female, Gen Xer in the writing, education, and training field (Source)

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45. In terms of accommodation, their survey showed that the majority of digital nomads live in hotels (51%), 41 % live with friends/family, 46% stay at an Airbnb, 215 live in their car/van/RV and 16% live in hostels (Source)

46. These digital nomads revealed that their top destinations include America (53%); Western Europe (18%); Asia (13%); all over the world (12%) (Source)

47. In terms of travel frequency, 73% travel to 1-2 countries,19% travel to 3-4 countries, and 8% travel to more than five countries (Source)

48. According to this report, 97% of digital nomads in 2021 said they would recommend it to a friend (Source)

49. 27% said the most significant disadvantage for them was not being able to unplug (Source)

50. 45% of respondents worked remotely as a result of the pandemic, and 46% of that group said that their company was planning on permanently allowing remote work (Source)

51. In contrast, Only 16% of respondents were confident that their company would not permanently allow remote work, while another 38% were still uncertain (Source)

52. The top challenges for digital nomads included personal safety (34%), being away from family and friends (32%), and time zone differences making work difficult (30%) (Source)

53. As well as loneliness (26%), travel logistics (25%), and managing work and travel (25%) (Source)

54. 6% of digital nomads report they use technology to make themselves more competitive in their work, versus 47% of non-digital nomads (Source)

55. Over 45 countries have created digital nomad visas and similar remote working programs, making it easier for digital nomads to work in their countries (Source)

Conclusion

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As you can see from these digital nomadism statistics, the rise of remote working is apparent, with plenty of people seeing the benefits of working remotely. With more freedom and flexibility, more workers are choosing to step into the realm of digital nomadism, and with the influx of social media posts and accounts focusing on this trend, it is here to stay.

Post-pandemic, more people need to see the world, use their time wisely and make connections, and employers can see this, which has led to many more companies providing remote positions. Statistics show that digital nomads are very satisfied with their pay, benefit from choosing their location and work schedule, and realize that working digitally in specific fields is easy.

As time passes, we can only watch this space and see how the rise of digital nomadism continues and whether or not the traditional workplace will continue to exist or slowly transition to the digital world with the help of ever-advancing technology.

About The Author

Jade is a seasoned traveller, yoga enthusiast, adventure seeker and travel writer passionate about seeing the world and sharing hidden gems with others. As well as having travelled to 91 countries thus far, she has written for several websites and published her first book ‘The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide’. She is a keen writer of satirical articles, as well as ‘The best things to do’ and ‘The best dishes to try’ around the globe. Jade is currently on a campervan adventure around Europe, where she continues to get her travel and food inspiration. She is excited to share what she discovers with her readers.

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Jade Poleon

Jade is a seasoned traveller, yoga enthusiast, adventure seeker and travel writer passionate about seeing the world and sharing hidden gems with others. As well as having travelled to 91 countries thus far, she has written for several websites and published her first book ‘The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide’. She is a keen writer of satirical articles, as well as ‘The best things to do’ and ‘The best dishes to try’ around the globe. Jade is currently on a campervan adventure around Europe, where she continues to get her travel and food inspiration. She is excited to share what she discovers with her readers.

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