Co-working at Downtown Works in San Diego. Courtesy of Downtown Works

A new report finds the San Diego region has over 1.5 million square feet of co-working space, with downtown San Diego and Carlsbad accounting for most.

The report by commercial real estate brokers Cushman & Wakefield found that co-working space has increased by 300,000 square feet in the past year and now represents nearly 2 percent of total office space in San Diego County.

“Co-working continues to gain popularity among tech startups and creatives such as marketing and web design companies along with freelancers and independent contractors, representing various employment sectors,” the report said.

“Physical and financial flexibility are becoming the new ‘normal’ for the 21st century workforce, and co-working supports these needs,” according to the report released June 11.

There are now 107 co-working locations in the county, up from 90 a year ago. Downtown San Diego had 21 percent of the co-working space, followed by Carlsbad with 14 percent and UTC with 9 percent.

Regus offers the most co-working space in the county with 18 locations, followed by Premier Workspaces with 9 locations and WeWork with two locations, according to the report.

Cushman & Wakefield noted that a number of specialized co-working facilities have appeared in San
Diego, focusing on such industries and target groups as life sciences, technology, film production, legal services, nonprofits, medicine and female entrepreneurs.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.