The geography of knowledge economy nomads is emerging. Small towns in the Interior West are booming with "new urban refugees." People with companies or occupations that cultivate primarily virtual business relationships are fleeing the big city and remaking the rural West. Among the attractions are great weather, beautiful views, ample recreation, no commuting, and knowing your neighbors.
Location-neutral migrants do not require a lot of face-to-face interaction to do their work and they don't relocate in order to create a job opportunity. They are pioneers of a dispersed business model that could increase the geographic mobility of American labor. Pittsburgh isn't going to become the next Steamboat Springs, but the second generation of labor nomads could take advantage of the region's relatively inexpensive real estate.