Calgary ranked one of the best cities in the world to be a freelancer

Dec 11 2019, 10:38 am

Calgary has been ranked as one of the best cities in the world to find freelance work.

According to AppJobs, a website that links job seekers to app-based companies, Calgary is the 13th best city in the world to be a freelancer.

Wedged between a few heavy hitters in the likes of Lyon and Edinburgh, Calgary’s low cost of living is credited as a major factor when it comes to the freelance industry.

“We have looked at the best cities to live in around the world and analyzed a series of metrics, such as the number of freelance jobs, number of cafes with free WiFi, cost of living, average self-employed salary, and the percent of the city population that currently freelance,” said the study.

“We created a score out of 100 to reveal the best freelancer friendly cities around the world for those looking for more independence in their career.”

AppJobs seeded the list by analyzing metrics from Tripadvisor, Numbeo, Indeed, and Wiman to find data points for its categories.

Paris, London, and Madrid topped the list with scores of 54.3, 53.7, and 47.1, respectively.


According to AppJobs, Calgary has 17 cafes that offer free WiFi. With an average monthly cost of rent on the lower side at $1,077, the city becomes much easier to live in on the average Calgary freelancer salary of $28,940.14, especially compared to some of the pricier places on the list.


Compared to other Canadian cities, Calgary ranked second to only Montreal (eighth place) while Toronto came in at 16th, Ottawa at 17th, and Vancouver at 26th.

For a full chart of stats and the complete 50-city worldwide list, check out the AppJobs Data section.