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15 Cities That Pay You to Live There

If you live in a big city, you may be annoyed with how many people live there. It"s hard to get groceries without spending an hour and a half in the store! How can so many people live in one place? Well, some cities and states the opposite issue. They don’t have enough people, which means many businesses keep open positions and services have a hard time running for those that do call the place home. While some simply deal with the lack of people, others come up with a creative solution to get people to move there.

Many cities and states have adopted the idea of giving people money for moving there. Instead of cold, hard cash, they may provide tax breaks or pay for some moving expenses. Granted, there are some that give an allowance for someone that chooses to move there, but this usually means buying a house and a minimum amount of time living there.

If you’re looking for a change or maybe a place that’s a little less populated, here are some cities that will give you tax breaks, paid moving expenses, cash, and more just for resettling in their sleepy little area.

As a note, please remember that these places can choose to remove or change the incentives at any time once plenty of people have relocated.

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Candela, Italy
Candela, Italy

Candela is a little town that’s about an hour and a half from Naples. The population started dropping around the 1990s and didn’t stop. It currently has a population of just under 3,000 people, but the mayor wants the town grandeur to return. You can get up to 2,000 euros by relocating, but there are a few stipulations. First, it’s only 800 euros for single people, 1,200 euros for couples, and it increases from there. You also have to be a new resident, rent a house, and have a job with a salary of at least 7,500 euros per year.

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New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven is working on revitalizing its city, and the first thing they want to do is improve homeownership. The city is offering as much as $80,000 in incentives through three programs available to potential relocators. The first is a grant of $2,500 if they’re a teacher, police officer, firefighter, or military member. Second, homeworkers get a forgivable loan of up to $30,000 for energy-saving home upgrades as long as they stay in their home for 10 years. The third is $10,000 that goes toward a downpayment for a home in New Haven as long as you live there for 10 years minimum. As a bonus, Connecticut College students get free tuition if they graduated from the city’s public school with good academic standing.

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Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore offers a $5,000 incentive toward buying a home anywhere in the city. To be eligible, you have to attend a Trolley Tour, which occurs twice a year. Only 30 people are selected each event, but there are tons of chances. The tough part is that you must purchase within 60 days of being selected, and you must invest a minimum of $1,000 of your own money. Additionally, some homes, like short sales, foreclosures, and new constructions aren’t qualified .

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Alaska
Alaska

Alaska has been paying its residents for years. In 1976, the state voted to put 25% of the state’s oil money into a fund that’s invested in stocks. Any dividends are paid to residents, and the payments range from $500 to $2,000. However, Alaskans must live there for more than 180 days of the year and have a clean criminal record. 

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Kansas
Kansas

Lincoln, Kansas has around 1,300 citizens but wants more. That’s why they’re offering free lots to the first 21 applicants who build homes in the new subdivision. Marquette is doing the same, but you get a free lot, building permit, and water and sewer hookup. Finally, Plainville and Osborne are both offering free lots with property tax rebates.

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Curtis, Nebraska
Curtis, Nebraska

Nebraska doesn’t have a huge population, especially compared to other states in the USA. With that being said, Curtis wants to change that. Since there’s so much land, you can claim a lot for free – that’s right, free. You do have to live in a specific subdivision (Roll’n Hills), but that’s about it.

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Saskatchewan, Canada
Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan wants recent graduates to move into their city. The town is offering tuition reimbursement of up to $20,000 Canadian dollars for those that want to relocate to Saskatchewan. It’s called the Graduate Retention Program, and it doesn’t have many eligibility requirements. You just have to have graduated in 2011 or earlier and be planning to move to the town.

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Chile
Chile

Startup businesses can easily call Chile home. The country will pay entrepreneurs up to $50,000 to begin their startup, but it comes with a few stipulations like many other places on this list. It must have the potential to become a global success. It also requires you to live in Chile for six months. In addition to the money, you’ll also be granted a year work visa and business connections. 

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Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit may not be the first place most people think of when they want to move, but it’s working on changing. Each year, the city initiates “challenges” to positively impact the city. Challenge Detroit also has the goal to attract career seekers and entrepreneurs to move there. Chosen applicants will work with businesses and non-profits, who pay you to work with them for a year.

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Harmony, Minnesota
Harmony, Minnesota

Minnesota isn’t many peoples ideal home, but it’s beautiful and can be truly spectacular. That’s why Harmony is paying people to move there. You can get cash rebates ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 if you build a home there. Currently, the small town is home to just over 1,000 people, including a large Amish community.

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Pipestone, Manitoba
Pipestone, Manitoba

Pipestone, Manitoba is located in Canada and has a couple of different programs for relocation. The first is the Municipal Lots Sales Program where you get a grant to build a home if you pay a deposit of $1,000. The lots cost just $10. The next is a Business Real Property Grant where you can get up to $32,000 for starting a business.

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South Korea
South Korea

South Korea wants everyone to know English, and some programs are willing to pay people to relocate to the popular country to teach. There are a few stipulations, however. First of all, you must be fluent in English – naturally. Second, you must have a bachelor’s degree (in anything) and a clean criminal record. You also need to have a passport from the USA, Canada, Ireland, the UK, or another English-speaking country. The amount paid varies based on the program and school.

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Vermont
Vermont

Vermont decided they needed more people. Starting in 2019, you can get paid to live there and work from home. The Remote Worker Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 per year for two years and can cover costs for relocation, computer software and hardware, broadband internet, and access to a co-working space. To qualify, you must be a full-time employee for an out-of-state business and primarily work from home in Vermont.

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Albinen, Switzerland
Albinen, Switzerland

Recently, a new policy was inducted in Albinen, Switzerland. The village decided to pay people to move there as long as they build or buy a house. Relocated people are offered 25,000 francs per adult and 10,000 francs per child. A family of four could be offered up to 70,000 francs, about $71,000. The home has to be worth at least 200,000 francs, and it must be their primary residence for 10 years minimum.

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Marne, Iowa
Marne, Iowa

Marne, Iowa took a page out of Kansas’s and Nebraska’s book. They’re also offering free lots to anyone that wants to live there. The town is located 45 minutes east of Omaha, and there are a few requirements. The house must be at least 1,2000 square feet and cannot exceed two stories in height. You also have to pay for any fees incurred while building your home.

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Author Alot Travel Team Last Updated: June 07, 2018

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