The study, commissioned by freelance marketplace Fiverr and conducted by market research firm Rockbridge Associates, indicates Austin was home to an estimated 67,044 skilled freelancers who generated nearly $2.7 billion in revenue in 2018, up 7.5 percent from the financial haul in 2017.
From 2011 to 2016, according to the study, Austin’s community of skilled freelancers shot up by 26 percent, with revenue climbing 31 percent.
The study identified Austin and Nashville as the country’s two fastest-growing hubs for skilled freelancers.
The Fiverr study places skilled freelancers in three buckets: creative, technical, and professional.
In 2018, DFW was home to an estimated 154,617 skilled freelancers who generated nearly $6.38 billion in revenue in 2018, up 5.4 percent from the previous year.
Landing at No. 11 in the U.S. for both population and revenue of skilled freelancers was the Houston metro area.
A recent study by commercial real estate website CommercialCafé found that Austin, Dallas, and Houston ranked among the most affordable U.S. cities for freelancers.