How would you like a cash bonus? Some startup money? A down payment on a home? Your student loans paid? We're not talking about the wedding gift from your parents, these are some of the incentives that communities around the globe are offering to get you to live in their city or state.
Whether you're looking for an affordable place to retire, a job in a new town, or a place to buy a home or start a business, here's your A-to-Z guide to all of the places that will pay you to move there or start a business there.
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Many have heard of Alaska's Permanent Fund, funded by the state's oil revenues, which pays residents a nice bonus each year. In 2018 its annual payment to qualifying Alaskans, who also pay no state income tax, was $1,600. But there are also a number of programs offered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation that include closing cost assistance, financing for manufactured homes and loan programs for veterans.
In April 2018, the Swiss village of Albinen granted its first financial incentive, equivalent to about $70,000, to a family to move there, according to media reports. To be eligible, family members must be under 45 years old and agree to live in the village for at least 10 years. Foreigners must have a Swiss residence permit. Albinen is a tiny Alpine village of about 250 people.
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Baltimore has a program that offers $5,000 to use toward buying a home anywhere in the city. You must attend a Trolley Tour event to become eligible.
In another program, Baltimore offers $10,000 toward down payment and closing costs to buyers who purchase properties in distressed areas.
CNN reported in 2017 that the mayor of Candela, Italy, was offering up to 2,000 euros to lure people who have a job paying at least 7,500 euros a year.
Start-Up Chile is a public startup accelerator created by the government for high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups. They offer funding of up to $25,000 USD for startups founded by women, and up to $50,000 USD for entrepreneurs to launch a business.
Colorado has a down payment assistance grant program that offers up to $8,000 on a $200,000 mortgage, for buyers who meet certain income qualifications.
Build a single-family home (within certain specifications) in a specified time period and receive the lot free in Curtis, Neb., the home of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, pictured. There's also an opportunity to build your dream house overlooking a golf course. Curtis, population about 900, describes itself as "The Easter City."
Start-up Denmark is a program for self-employed, non-EU citizens who want to launch a business. Accepted applicants get a residence and work permit for Denmark valid for two years plus possibility of extension, access to business development initiatives, and health care and education benefits which are extended to family members.
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Michigan's Wayne County has a home buyer program that provides assistance of up to $7,500 to low- and moderate-income families to purchase a home in Wayne County. The money can be used for down payment or closing costs. The maximum purchase price is $119,000.
Jewish Community Services of Dothan, Ala. offers grants of up to $50,000 to help Jewish families who want to move to Dothan and stay long-term. The grants can be used toward expenses such as relocation, housing and education. The city has a population of about 65,000.
Above, the interior of the historic one-room school in Dothan's Landmark Park.
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Grant County, Ind.
Grant for Grads in Grant County, Ind. is a housing assistance program for graduates with an associates degree or higher who want to live and work in the county. Get up to $5,000 to pay for a down payment and/or closing costs to buy a home, or a 20% reduction in monthly rent.
The City of Hamilton has a variety of economic development incentives for businesses looking to make investments in the community. It offers tax credits to companies that create jobs, as well as a variety of other incentives.
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The Hamilton Community Foundation offers up to $5,000 to recent college or trade-school grads to help repay their student loans, if they move into certain city neighborhoods, according to media reports. Hamilton is just outside Cincinnati, pictured here.
In order to spur new construction and community growth, the Harmony Economic Development Authority offers cash rebates ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 for new homes in Harmony. The town of about 1,000 in southeastern Minnesota has a large Amish community nearby.
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If you have a new business idea, you may qualify for funding and support to launch a startup in Ireland. Enterprise Ireland seeks to draw entrepreneurs from around the globe. Incentives include mentoring, incubation space and a 15,000 euro scholarship payment.
Ireland is a real tech hub. Dublin, above, is home to nearly 1,200 startups, and the city hosts a Techstars Startup Week to bring entrepreneurs and local leaders together.
Lincoln, Kansas is offering free lots in a new subdivision. The lots range from 12,000 to 36,000 square feet, are near the business district, and can be purchased upon city approval and completion of building plan documents. Lincoln, according to the town's website, is the seat of a 720-square-mile county with buffalo, farm animals and wildlife scattered across picturesque hillsides, and bills itself as the city "the size of a dime with the heart of a dollar."
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Maine has a tax credit that reimburses student loan payments for college graduates who live and work in Maine. Qualifying depends on the degree and year you graduated. You can get even more beyond the tax credit if you have a STEM degree.
The little town of of Marne, Iowa, with a population of about 120, will give you a free lot to build a house. Marne is in Cass County, between Omaha, Neb. and Des Moines, Iowa.
Mauritius, a little nation in the Indian Ocean, has a startup incubator that offers incentives to entrepreneurs with good business ideas. Some of the types of businesses that have already taken advantage include fintech, web publishing and healthcare. Approved ideas get the equivalent of about $580 USD. It may not seem like much, but look at that island.
New Haven, Conn.
Get up to $10,000 interest-free (and forgivable if you live in the home for five years) from the city of New Haven for a down payment or to help with closing costs. There's another $2,500 for city employees, teachers, police officers, firefighters or members of the military. But, wait, there's more. You may also qualify for $30,000 in energy-saving renovation upgrades, and free tuition to any in-state college for students who graduate from New Haven public schools in good academic and behavioral standing.
North Platte, Neb.
The WORKNP program in North Platte gives local employers up to $5,000 per job vacancy that allows employers to offer relocation expenses, down payments or deposits on homes, or help with student loan repayment to new employees as incentives to relocate to the area. Above, the Buffalo Bill Ranch in North Platte.
The Rural Municipality of Pipestone, Manitoba, Canada, which is north of North Dakota, has a grant equivalent up to $23,800 USD to provide incentives for the purchase or construction of new and existing businesses within the area.
Pipestone also has a home purchase grant program offering up to $12,000 CAD toward purchase or building of a home, farm home, or multifamily dwelling.
The Graduate Retention Program in Saskatchewan provides income tax credits of up to $20,000 CAD (that's about $15,000 USD) for tuition fees paid by eligible graduates who live in Saskatchewan.
Tennessee's workforce development has a $30,000 grant available to help employers attract doctors, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners to an underserved healthcare facility in the state. Above, Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
Tulsa, Okla. is offering remote workers $10,000 cash, free desk space and a a $300 monthly housing stipend to move there.
Workers who move to Tulsa within six months, have full time remote employment, or are self-employed outside of Tulsa county and are over 18 are eligible. Average rent in Tulsa is around $700.
Above, Tulsa's unique riverfront park, Gathering Place, has a skate park, a five-acre playground, and a sky garden.
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Vermont's Stay to Stay Weekends are exploratory vacations designed for people who are interested in moving to the state. They offer three-day lodging and networking packages to help you connect to employers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and potential neighbors in local communities. This year you can stay in cities such as Burlington (above), Battleboro or Manchester.
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The Yukon has given away nearly 8,000 acres of farmland in the past decade, Reuters reported. Due to climate change, the territory is growing wetter and warmer, increasing the demand for farmland. A free 160-acre plot of land is available to Canadians and permanent residents who have been living in the Yukon for more than a year, according to Reuters, and are brave enough to farm it.