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Number of people working in coworking spaces worldwide 2010-2020

The number of people working in coworking spaces worldwide is predicted to grow to 2.26 million in 2020 – almost 128 times higher than the 21,000 workers in 2010.


Coworking is where a group of workers, usually from different companies, share a common workspace. This workspace is generally rented from a third-party on a short-term basis, generally monthly with the third-party providing most of the office infrastructure. The practice is especially popular amongst freelancers or people who work from home, who may want access to a more social environment for only a few days a week.

Global distribution

With the exception of the U.K., coworking spaces worldwide are distributed relatively evenly amongst major economies, with the largest single market being in the Asia Pacific region. However, the coworking market is probably better analyzed at the city level rather than the national level. The densest distribution of coworking spaces is found in cities that are large, associated with the digital and creative industries and which have relatively high real estate costs. This suggests a reason why the U.K. has such an oversized share of coworking spaces relative to size – because London scores highly on all these criteria.

Number of people working in coworking spaces worldwide from 2010 to 2020

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Number of respondents

2,668 respondents

Special properties

as of December 31

Supplementary notes

* Projections
Number of respondents for previous surveys:
2011-12: 913 respondents
2012-13: 1,206 respondents
2013-14: 1,270 respondents
2015-16: 1,679 respondents

2016-17: 1,876 respondents
2017-18: 1,980 respondents
Number of respondents was not available for the 2014-15 survey.
2017-18 results are referred to by the year 2018, whilst 2016-17 results are referred to by the year 2017 and so on. This is because the survey has been conducted at the end of each year. Values up to 2015 were taken from previous editions and are as October 31 of each year.
The survey did not provide the survey method or age of respondents.

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