Cornwall has become a hotspot for remote workers looking for a change of scenery, and new research has ranked the towns and cities in Cornwall based on their suitability for remote working. Our research took into account the number of coworking spaces in each town, the average internet speed, the length of train journey to London, and the number of properties available to rent for under £1500.
Here’s Cornwall’s top 3 remote working locations:
Truro came out on top of the list with 4 coworking spaces, decent internet speed, a direct train journey of 4 hours and 30 minutes to London, and a wide choice of reasonably priced properties to rent, Truro is an ideal location for digital nomads and remote workers looking to make Cornwall their home. It really ticks a lot of boxes for people looking to relocate to Cornwall!
Newquay, known for its stunning beach views and surfing, was a close runner-up. The town boasts a total of 8 coworking spaces which provide stunning views over the sandy beaches and some even surfboard storage and showers!
But the longer train journey to London and fewer properties available to rent pulled it down in the ranking. Plus it is worth mentioning, Newquay airport has regular flights to London Gatwick and around the UK for quicker travel times.
3. St Austell
St Austell was the other town making into the top 3. Although it might not be as fashionable as other Cornish locations, as a place to relocate as a remote worker, it ticks a lot of boxes. A couple of useful hotdesking locations are backed up by a direct train to London of just over 4 hours, fast internet, and reasonably priced accommodation.
The full rankings can be found below:
*Internet speed data from broadbandcheck.co.uk, train time data from Google Maps, property rental data from Rightmove.
Other Notable Remote Working Locations:
Falmouth and Camborne also scored well as towns well suited to remote workers. Camborne sits inland and provides a lower cost of living but still offers coworking bases and strong transport links around the county. The more famous town of Falmouth is a vibrant place for those looking to base themselves in a creative community with a choice of workspaces and places to live, although longer train rides to London aren't as appeal for those who need to commute to the capital on occasion.
Surprising Poor Performers:
Padstow and St Ives were ranked low on the list both outside of the top 20 remote working towns. While many people dream of moving to these holiday destinations, the lack of workspaces and long travel times to London, along with minimal properties to rent, make them less desirable for people looking to work remotely.
We hope that this will provide valuable information for remote workers and digital nomads looking to make the move to Cornwall. With the pandemic changing the way we work and live, more people are looking to escape the cities and work remotely from picturesque locations, and Cornwall is a perfect destination for that.
The study used a combination of online research to determine the top remote working towns in Cornwall. To assess the number of coworking spaces in each town, the research team used online directories, Google maps local knowledge, and contacted local businesses to obtain up-to-date information. The team also used broadbandcheck.co.uk to measure internet speed in each town and Google Maps to calculate the length of the train journey to London. To determine the number of properties available to rent for under £1500, the team used Rightmove to search for properties in each town. Each town or city was then scored in each category to produce the final rankings.
Introducing Eliot, the Editor here and Cornwall local with a wanderlust spirit and an insatiable appetite for adventure. With a passion for the great outdoors, he can often be found catching waves on his surfboard, scaling peaks on a hiking trail, or discovering hidden gems in his exploration of Cornwall.