- Places across the US are offering people incentives in an attempt to fill jobs and housing.
- Business Insider rounded up 11 places in the US that will pay you (or otherwise provide monetary incentives) to live there.
- Requirements – such as full-time residency and employment – vary depending on the place.
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To lure out-of-state workers, a number of places are offering new residents big incentives – like money toward college loans and free land – to move there. Just consider Topeka, Kansas, which is willing to pay people up to $15,000 to move there.
Business Insider rounded up 11 places in the US that are dishing out perks to prospective residents.
Keep reading to see the list.
Hamilton, Ohio, will help new residents repay their student loans.
- Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
College graduates who move to Hamilton, located about 45 minutes north of Cincinnati, can receive up to $5,000 toward their student loans.
The Talent Attraction Program Scholarships started in 2018, according to the Hamilton Community Foundation. Students who graduated in the last seven years with a science, technology, engineering, math, or arts degree, and those who have more than $10,000 in college debt are eligible.
North Platte, Nebraska, is cutting new residents big checks.
- Wikipedia Commons
North Platte will match the bonuses – up to $5,000 – of those who move there for a job. New employees must be employed full time, make at least $20 an hour, and agree to remain at their companies for at least three years.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, 25-year-old law school graduate Audrey Bellew said that she used the money to pay for her move. The grant also helped with living costs while she studied for the bar exam and prepared for a job at a local law firm.
The city hopes the program will help the region fill its hundreds of job openings.
Detroit, Michigan, has a fellowship program that gives newcomers a guaranteed salary for the first year.
Launched in 2008, Challenge Detroit offers paid fellowships for out-of-state college graduates to move, live, and work in the city. Every year, about 30 fellows are chosen to work with local companies and nonprofits, with the option to settle down in the city after the 12-month-long program finishes.
Osborne, Kansas, is offering free land for both new homes and business developments.
- Google Earth
According to its website, Osborne – a city in Kansas – is offering free commercial and residential lots to boost business and population in the area.
For those looking for a commercial lot, some requirements include having a business and building plan available for review, having three or more full-time employees, and paying a $500 deposit that is returned after the terms of the agreement are met.
New residents of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, may not need to pay income taxes for the first five years.
- Wikipedia Commons
Cottonwood Falls has instituted a unique financial incentive program for new, eligible residents. For up to five years, Kansas will waive their income taxes.
Designated as a Rural Opportunity Zone, the town is in one of 77 counties that the state has authorized to offer deals to newcomers. The deals vary.
In some counties, you can apply for both the income tax waivers and up to $15,000 in student loan repayments.
The city of Lincoln, Kansas, is giving away free land.
Before purchasing land, buyers must agree to enter into a contract with a building contractor by a date that is agreed upon by both them and the city.
Manilla, Iowa, is also giving away free land.
- Google Earth
According to its website, Manilla – a city in Iowa – is offering single-family lots to individuals or entities at no cost.
According to Niche.com, Manilla is home to 912 people and has a median home value of $71,900.
A program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is paying remote workers up to $10,000 to move there.
The Tulsa Remote program is paying remote workers to move to the city.
Those willing to make the move will receive $10,000 and a spot at a coworking community in the city, according to the website.
In order to qualify for the program, you have to be willing to move within six months and must have a full-time, remote job.
St. Clair County in Michigan is giving college graduates with student debt up to $15,000 to move there.
- Google Maps
St. Clair County’s Come Home Award fund is giving college graduates up to $15,000 to move there.
In order to qualify, you must have both student debt and a degree in science, technology, arts, or math. Recipients must secure a job in the area within 120 days of receiving the award, according to the county’s website.
Topeka, the capital of Kansas, is offering people up to $15,000 to move there.
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The city of Topeka is teaming up with employers to pay some serious cash to those willing to move to the city.
Participants of the program, called “Choose Topeka,” can receive up to $15,000 if they purchase a home in Topeka and live and work there for a year.
According to the program’s website, those who choose to rent can receive up to $10,000 while those who buy can receive up to $15,000. The application for the program is now open. Around 40 to 60 people will be accepted.
Claremont, Minnesota, is offering free residential lots to those willing to build homes on them.
- Google Maps
The Claremont House Lot Program is giving away single-family lots for free to families of two or less with a gross income $88,600 or less and to families of three or more with a gross income of $101,890 or less.
According to the website, single-family lots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Business Insider has confirmed with the program that there are still lots available.