I am an urbanist at heart, but my day job is as an Economic Development Director for a suburban community. With that in mind I want to make the case for co-working space being located in suburban areas.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, roughly 55% of Americans live in suburban areas compared to 31% in urban, and 14% in rural areas.
Additionally, American Community Survey (ACS, 2017 5-year estimate) data shows, that approximately 38% of the population commutes at least 30 minutes to work and 17% commute at least 45 minutes. Long commutes and congested roadways mean higher personal transportation costs (such as gas and vehicle maintenance), loss of leisure/family time opportunities from having to spend additional time on the road, greater amounts of vehicle pollution, and higher public service costs to maintain roads.