Wichita, Kansas. Aerial View of the Population Center. Editorial credit: Jacob Boomsma / Shutterstock.com

These 7 US Cities Will Pay You To Move There

It is no secret–moving to a different city is an expensive undertaking. But what if that city was willing to pay you to live there? That’s right, there are a handful of cities throughout the US that offer financial incentives just for moving there. Offerings include things such as student loan repayment assistance, income tax credits, and in some cases, straight-up cash. From states like Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama to New York and West Virginia, the possibilities are bountiful. So if you’ve been feeling stuck lately, consider packing everything up and moving to one of the these cities. 

Wichita, Kansas

Sunny aerial view of The Keeper of the Plains at Kansas.

Wichita, Kansas has a strong aviation background and is sometimes referred to as "The Air Capital of the World." Today, the bustling city is a hub for adventure, history, and beautiful outdoor areas including The Wichita Gardens. Those looking to move to Wichita are in luck. The city is one of 95 “rural opportunity zones” in Kansas. This means there are big incentives for moving to the area. Namely, new residents may be eligible for financial gains including student loan repayment assistance and/or a 100% state income tax credit, according to Kansas Commerce. Not too shabby when you consider just how much fun there is to be had in a city like this. Residents can spend their free time enjoying places such as the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Wichita Art Museum. For a touch of history and science don’t forget to visit The Kansas Aviation Museum and Exploration Place–a science center filled with fun and educational activities. 

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Morgantown, West Virginia

 The downtown campus of WVU in Morgantown West Virginia. Editorial credit: Steve Heap / Shutterstock.com

West Virginia is a state made for outdoor lovers and Morgantown is no exception. The scenic city features picturesque rolling hills, nature trails, and peaceful cascading water. If that sounds like heaven on earth, then you are in luck. Morgantown is a part of the Ascend West Virginia Program which offers new residents $12,000 just to move to the area. According to the program's website, residents will receive $10,000 in the first year and the remaining $2,000 in their second year. In addition to the money, the program also offers perks including free access to outdoor activities and gear for one year as well as access to a co-working space, social programming, and entrepreneurial assistance. The program is designed for remote workers and was founded by Brad and Alys Smith. While living in Morgantown, residents will have plenty to see and do. Take a hike through White Park and discover miles of trails, rock formations, and a small waterfall. Or, take in a few rounds of disc golf at Dorsey's Knob Park.

Rochester, New York

An aerial view of High Falls in Rochester, New York on a cloudy day.

Rochester, New York is a hardworking city with a history in flour production. Today, that strong work ethic is being celebrated with the Greater ROC Relocate program. The program, which “seeks to attract the best and brightest workers to Greater Rochester,” has been active and successful since 2019. To be eligible for the program you must be 18 years or older, eligible to work in the US, and currently reside at least 300 miles from Rochester. Additionally, applicants must have the freedom to relocate within 6 months of being accepted to ROC Relocate. Once accepted, the program offers up to $9,000 in grants for purchasing a home as well as support programs and amenities to make your transition as smooth as possible. As a Rochester resident, program participants can enjoy a wide array of local amenities and activities including the beautiful High Falls, Seabreeze Amusement Park, Highland Park, and the Seneca Park Zoo. Those looking to really fit in with the locals will also want to try the famous Garbage Plate–a local dish consisting of hamburger patties, home fries, mac salad, meat sauce, and onions all stacked in one delicious heap. There are a ton of variations on this combo, so don’t be afraid to try them all. 

Topeka, Kansas

Afternoon view of the historic state capitol building of downtown Topeka, Kansas.

Topeka, Kansas is well known as the city where the Brown v. Board of Education case took place and eliminated segregation in public schools. In addition to that important slice of history, Topeka also has a vibrant community filled with fun things to see and do. And the best part? Shawnee County is offering financial incentives to move here. Partnering with local businesses, the Go Topeka program offers new residents up to $10,000 in funds in the first year for those who rent a house and up to $15,000 in funds for home buyers. Of course, interested applicants will need to first ensure that their employer is participating in the program. Once residing in Topeka, residents can enjoy local gems such as the Ward-Meade Park Botanical Gardens and the Topeka Zoo.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Aerial view of the downtown cityscape and fall color of Veterans Park at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa, Oklahoma may be known as The Oil Capital of the World, but the city has so much more to offer than just oil production. Tulsa also has a thriving arts scene and an amazing incentive program for remote workers looking to move here. Tulsa Remote offers a $10,000 grant to qualifying applicants looking to take their remote jobs to the city. Those who are approved and choose to rent in Tulsa will receive the grant in monthly installments. Approved applicants who want to own their home can receive the grant in a lump sum after purchasing a qualifying house. Residents of Tulsa can spend their free time exploring a wide range of local amenities including the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Woodward Park and Gardens, and the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Noblesville, Indiana

Noblesville Indiana Deer Path Housing Edition.

Music enthusiasts will adore Noblesville, Indiana. And right now the company Make My Move is offering qualifying applicants a $5,000 grant to move to the city. In addition to the grant, the company also offers a wide selection of valuable perks ranging from a Ruoff Music Center VIP Concert Experience to a $500 Health and Wellness Stipend. In total, the grant and perks add up to a $15,000 value. Upon relocating, new residents can explore all that the city has to offer. Start with taking in a concert at the famous Ruoff Music Center and then get up close to nature at the beautiful Strawtown Koteewi Park.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

The welcome sign to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Editorial credit: Luisa P Oswalt / Shutterstock.com

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, known as “The Hit Recording Capital of the World,” is another perfect destination for music lovers. Through the city’s program, Remote Shoals, remote workers can receive up to $10,000 for relocating here. There are a number of qualifications workers must meet to be approved for the program including having an annual income of at least $52,000. Once approved, new residents will receive 25% of funds upfront, another 25% after the first six months, and the final 50% after the first year of living in Muscle Shoals. The city, which boasts a low cost of living and a welcoming and creative community, has plenty of fun things to see and do including touring Fame Recording Studios and exploring the nearby birthplace of Helen Keller.

In Conclusion

Your dreams of moving to a new state no longer need to be hindered by a lack of funds. With various grants and incentive programs around the US, moving is easier than ever before. From New York to Oklahoma, there is a city waiting for someone just like you to move in. Whether you seek urban excitement or rural tranquility, explore the opportunities and make your next move a step towards a brighter future in a place you'll love to call home.


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