7 Places That Will Pay You To Move There in 2021

What if you could relocate to greener pastures and get paid for it? Many U.S. cities are actually giving people thousands of dollars to move there and set up shop.

Perhaps you'd like to retire to a state that has a lower cost of living or go where the jobs are. This could be your chance!

This article is going to show you some of the top cities and states that will pay you to move there in 2021.

Get Up to $10,000 To Move to Some of These Cities and States

Team Clark has researched all of these places to make sure that the programs are legit and active as of early March 2021. So if any of these locations float your boat, feel free to apply!

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Note that one of the common requirements for getting the monetary incentive is that you live in the respective city or state for a specific period of time, so be sure you read all of the rules before you apply.

1. Alaska

Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is a dividend paid to Alaska residents who have lived in the state for a full calendar year.

The amount of the PFD changes every year according to what the Alaska legislature approves. Last year, the PFD was around $1,000. This year, it could be as much as $5,000.

How To Apply

According to the program’s website, to be eligible for a PFD, you must have been an Alaska resident for the entire calendar year before the date you apply for a dividend and intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely.

The application acceptance period runs from January 1 to March 31 on a yearly basis. See details here.

2. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Since its launch in 2018, the Tulsa Remote plan has been giving $10,000 grants to eligible remote workers or entrepreneurs who agree to live in the city for at least one year.

In addition to the $10,000, grant recipients also get a one-year membership at a local co-working space as well as help in identifying housing and community-building opportunities.

How To Apply

Want to live in Tulsa? Apply here.

3. Northwest Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Council continues to support the "Life Works Here" initiative, which aims to attract people to the region by giving them a $10,000 cash incentive to move there.

“The funds will help with everything you need to set up your new life in Northwest Arkansas,” it says on the program’s website.

How To Apply

Want to live in the Ozarks? Apply here.

4. Topeka, Kansas

Topeka, Kansas, has a program called the Choose Topeka Relocation Incentive which offers money to move to Topeka or the surrounding Shawnee County area.

How Much Money Can You Get?

According to the Choose Topeka website, “Up to $10,000 gross in funds for renting in the first year of a candidate’s move; up to $15,000 gross in funds for a home purchase/rehab in Topeka/Shawnee County.”

How To Apply

Complete this online form.

5. The Shoals (Alabama Region)

The Remote Shoals initiative is another relocation program that will pay you $10,000 to live in a region of northern Alabama known as "the Shoals." The area is comprised of the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia.

How To Apply

The Remote Shoals program is currently open! Apply here.

6. Newton, Iowa

Newton, Iowa, located right outside Des Moines, has a major Housing Incentive for newcomers who want to live there.

The city’s website says, “When you buy a new home in Newton, you will receive up to $10,000 cash plus a ‘Get to Know Newton’  Welcome Package valued at over $2,500!”

How To Apply

To apply, contact the Newton Housing Development Corporation:

Mailing address: PO Box 102 Newton, IA 50208. Phone: 641-521-6031 or contact Housing Director Bruce Showalter at nhdcdirector@gmail.com

7. Lincoln, Kansas

The small city of Lincoln, Kansas, is currently accepting applications for its Free Home Site Program, which grants free land to eligible prospective homebuilders.

On the Lincoln County website. the program is described as providing "free build-ready lots to individuals and families interested in moving to the community and/or building a new home."

How To Apply

Want a free lot in a residential development? Apply here.

Final Thoughts

If you’re willing to relocate, you can get free money by leaving your comfort zone and starting anew in a different city.

If you’re contemplating making a move and want to secure some employment first, there are plenty of remote jobs available across several disciplines.

Want to see who’s hiring remote workers? Read our Work From Home Guide

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