Up to $16,000 in Incentives to Move to 33 Places: April 2021

Back on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, I told you in this article about a cash incentive of $10,000.00 — plus either a choice of a street bicycle or a mountain bicycle; or alternatively, participants can choose an annual membership to a choice of arts and cultural institutions — per household which is being offered to attract recent graduates, families, career changers, entrepreneurs, artists, and other top talent to move to the region of northwest Arkansas…

Up to $16,000 in Incentives to Move to 33 Places: April 2021

…and on Sunday, January 20, 2019, I also told you in this article about how you are potentially eligible for $10,000.00; a free housing stipend for an apartment which is fully furnished in a building downtown for the first three months; free desk space; and a welcoming, collaborative and supportive community through a rather unique and innovative program if you can move to Tulsa within six months; stay for a minimum of one year; are at least 18 years of age; eligible to work in the United States; and full-time remote employment or self-employed outside Tulsa County.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, I even told you in this article about being potentially eligible for up to $10,000.00 to move to Vermont through the Remote Worker Grant Program of Vermont in an attempt to attract workers to the potential opportunities in the state — as well as the Stay to Stay weekends program, which is currently suspended due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — but all funds for the Remote Worker Grant Program had already been awarded at least 15 months ago.

What I did not know about is an Internet web site called MakeMyMove which is actually devoted to listing areas around the United States where incentives are offered from as many as 33 places to which you can move as of April of 2021. These places are attempting to attract people — typically remote workers and small business owners; but not necessarily isolated to only them — with incentives to improve their economies and general way of life.

“The biggest drawback would be living in a snowy place again. I’m not ready for heavy coats, frigid mornings, and driving on ice just yet, especially after my Texas experience”, according to this article written by Harlan Vaughn of Out and Out, which is where I found out about MakeMyMove. “Then I discovered there are many other places offering incentives for remote workers. It could lead to all new ways of living and traveling.”

He is correct: you can now keep track of places to where you might want to consider moving — and get paid an incentive in the process as well.

The 33 places in the United States which are offering an incentive for people to move as of April of 2021 — as listed in order of total financial incentive from most to least; with links to additional information; and in alphabetical order if the total financial incentive is identical — include:

Summary

The information in this article was accurate at the time at which it was written.

While free money and other incentives may be enticing to move to another state, ensure that you do your research before you actually start the process of actually moving — such as whether you are even eligible to qualify for the program…

…and as a frequent traveler, you might likely visit the area of interest in person to get a feel as to what life is like there.

Also, ensure that the offer is still active, as I found four incentive programs which had already expired but are still listed at MakeMyMove. Subsequently, the title of this article had to be changed to reflect the information more accurately.

Unfortunately, incentives which are offered outside of the United States — such as securing a house for free in Japan or owning a castle in Italy for free — are not included at MakeMyMove.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Up to $16,000 in Incentives to Move to 33 Places: April 2021”

  1. AlohaDaveKennedy says:

    Why no bounty to move to Portland, Oregon? Is it because there is not enough money in the world to get new people to consider moving to America’s hellhole.?

  2. Harlan V. says:

    Excellent post, Brian! You did an excellent job expanding on what’s available and laying it out in a really readable way. Thank you for the mention and link! Hope all is well out your way.

  3. DaninMCI says:

    I always find these types of deals interesting. Because of my jobs over the years, I’ve had a chance to visit nearly all of the locations on your list. The rural locations in Kansas, Iowa, etc. are usually very small towns with an aged population and nearly no industry. Houses can be found very cheaply and some even give away free land. In addition, there are some areas that will pay back or part of student loans. The downside with the free land offers is that you usually are required to build a new home on the land they give you but that doesn’t make financial sense in a small town with high vacancy rates and low house prices. The real trick to nearly all of these incentives is that you need to have income that is not dependent on the local economy. Remote work is great but some of these areas don’t have good internet either. Skylink might help some of that soon. Another approach is to bring money with you. Either retired with savings, moving a successful small manufacturing company to a rural area to get cheaper and eager labor, or bring your cash to buy into the farming industry in many of these areas. Of course, if you have that kind of money you likely don’t need incentives of this sort. Here are some other resources around all this. https://rurallivingtoday.com/homesteading-today/best-states-for-homesteading/
    https://www.wideopencountry.com/free-land-in-the-us/
    https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/taxes-and-financing/roz/student-loan-repayment-application/
    I don’t think many people who live in expensive areas like New York or California would actually believe they can move to a small town with low crime, decent schools, low taxes, friendly people and buy a super nice home for under $150k or a fixer-upper for $10k. The major downsides are isolation from good shopping, poor access to things like airports (but not always) and it used to be very poor internet but that is improving rapidly.

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