Working From Home? These 4 Cities Will Pay You to Relocate

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If you’re a remote worker who’s looking for a change of scenery, there are cities that will actually pay you to move there. This new trend is catching on across the US, and there are now several cities that are trying to attract remote workers to invigorate their community’s workforce with bright, new talent.

If you’re ready to make a move and think this sounds like a fun new adventure, keep reading for three cities that are paying remote workers to move there!

aerial view of Newton, Iowa

Newton, Iowa

The city of Newton, IA is located about 30 miles away from Des Moines in America’s heartland. If you’d like to move there, the Newton Housing Initiative wants to help you relocate! Anyone buying a new home worth $180,000 or more (excluding the value of the land) is eligible to receive up to $10,000 at the time of closing. A $5,000 incentive is offered for new homes valued between $100,000 and $179,999.

If you’d prefer to improve an existing residence in the city’s historic downtown, you can apply for a Downtown Improvement Grant to help you complete your project. With an average value of about $108,000, homes in Newton are relatively affordable, and you may find yourself able to upgrade from your current home if you’re moving from a more expensive area.

statue of man with guitar in Shoals, AL

The Shoals, Alabama

The Shoals is an area of Northwestern Alabama located about two hours away from the cities of Birmingham, Memphis, and Nashville. It includes the cities of Cherokee, Tuscumbia, and Waterloo, Alabama. With tons of trails for hiking and horseback riding and beautiful outdoor settings like the Coldwater Falls, this region is truly a nature lover’s paradise.

Sound like a great place to live? The Remote Shoals program is currently paying $10,000 to qualified remote workers who move to the area. The first 25% of this sum is paid upfront to help with moving expenses, with another 25% paid after six months. The remaining cash will be paid out to recipients after living in the area for one year.

Tulsa, OK skyline at dusk

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The city of Tulsa has a program called Tulsa Remote that pays eligible remote workers $10,000 to move to the city. Recipients will get some of that money upfront to help with relocation expenses, some will come in the form of a monthly stipend for the first year, and the rest will be paid out upon completion of a year in the city.

If you qualify, you’ll also receive a free co-working space, special deals on apartments, access to community events, and more. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently have a full-time remote job outside of Oklahoma. Head on over here to learn more about this program!

topeka kansas

Topeka, Kansas

The Topeka and the Shawnee County communities are offering up to $15,000 to relocate for eligible on-site and remote workers as part of the Choose Topeka Initiative. On-site workers could earn up to $10K in funds for renting in the first year and up to $15K in funds for a home purchase. Remote workers will earn up to $5K in funds for renting in the first year and up to $10K in funds for a home purchase. Plus, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will also contribute a $1,000 bonus for candidates who relocate into one of their three Topeka sandwich delivery zones.

On-site relocatees must be relocating for a full-time position and remote workers must be employed by employer located outside Shawnee County. To find out if you qualify, you can simply head over here to learn more and apply for this opportunity!

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  1. am

    Why would they pay to relocate?

    • Amber

      To stimulate their slow economy. You’d be paying rent, taxes, shopping….

  2. Moody

    I guess to grow their Own local economy! One brings more and consumer spending increases…

  3. nicole

    As an Iowan, Newton is a lovely town but relatively inconvenient to get to larger cities (45 minutes- 1.5 hours each way) This would be a great deal for someone looking to live in a smaller community that doesn’t frequently want to be in a metro location.

    Great schools, real estate, low crime, + community feel etc. Just don’t plan to eat at a PF Chang’s, fly out of an airport, shop at trendy national retail shops on a daily basis. Limited/very specific jobs would be available without commuting.

    I would only “take the deal” if I was fairly sure of my ability to work remotely was secure AND/OR I’d be happy with a local job offer if my situation changed. If so, it’s a great deal 🙂

    • happyrunner

      I live in Harlan. Total of 5000 people or less. It sounds very similar to my town.

  4. Laura

    I wonder what the requirements are for being a remote worker? I’ve worked from home as an adjunct professor for over five years. I am paid as a contract employee, though, and it’s not quite full-time. Full-time as an online adjunct professor is super rare… Would that qualify?

    • zina

      Don’t know the answer to your question- but does any of these state change your tax status? do you have to pay state taxes? and consider the weather. I live in FL, would be hard to trade that for Iowa weather.

  5. Christine

    This is very interesting. I’m not interested in moving but I do like hearing about these different opportunities. Thanks hip2save!

    • chesca

      Im not going to move either but i find it fascinating to read these things as well. Sometimes Hip has some unique things that are intriguing.

    • Lunafalls

      You might know someone who could be interested. The pandemic has changed a lot of people’s thinking, on a lot of things!

  6. NikkiLLM5

    I was surprised to see Muscle Shoals on the list. That area has always been a great place to live. I grew up there & only moved away when I was 14 after my parents got a divorce. I still have family there. I only live about an hour and a half from there now but we still visit regularly. If you like smaller towns and an amazing community that takes care of one another then this is the place!

  7. NubianGoddess

    Interesting! Unless it was somewhere international, I wouldn’t want to move from my current location.

  8. Luna

    I’d move in a heartbeat. But, my job isn’t remote. I live in a big city, but there are so many issues. I need a slower and calmer life!

  9. ambersteph

    Topeka, KS is also doing this

  10. siena95

    Good info. My hubby is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and wants to move back…Portland here has become unbearable. Our Governor won’t educate our kids in person, just like Cali. And the mask mandate is un American to say the least. I think we all know what Oregon and Cali have in common- a certain political party dead set on controlling us. Using our kids as political pawns is disgraceful.

    • siena95

      So yes, many people are moving away from the west coast for these reasons!

  11. siena95

    So my question is: are schools open for in person learning in any of these cities? I would only move if yes.

    • Nicole

      The governor of Iowa has just mandated 100% in-person learning with no mask requirement (parents have the ability to opt out of the default and do 100% online learning through the home district). It’s fairly controversial and most of the schools here had already been open since September. Some of the larger metro schools had been running hybrid programs where 1/2 the kids come in-person and do online when they’re not on-site. The metro schools have been implementing their own mask mandates, but that’s not true throughout the state. I’m not sure what Newton schools are doing for COVID measures/masking/distancing.

      Local schools/teachers are pretty riled up about the governor taking away local control from the school boards and argue there are vast differences between rural and metro and a “one size fits all” approach to schools or COVID mitigation doesn’t work. The online learning is also a hot mess, especially in smaller districts, because there aren’t adequate resources if only a small number of kids opt-into online only. The metro schools seem to be managing the governor-mandated requirement of running both in-person and online learning simultaneously.

      • siena95

        Another consideration for parents is curriculum. Our public school in Beaverton is pushing a political activist agenda more and more, very sad. I worry this is trending all over the country. Our own 8th grader has a teacher ( remote learning) who spent a month on blm and telling her how guilty she should feel for being white. Luckily, since she is at home learning, we pull her from this class and re educate her on real u.s. history. So my criteria for any city is the schools and curriculum.

        • Tammy

          Siena95, I second this and I applaud your valiant efforts to teach your children. What a difference you can make in their lives. Bless you!

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