In light of COVID-19 and the popularity of remote work, many American states cities are offering free housing, money, and even sandwiches to newcomers who relocate there, opening up whole new real estate markets in these locations. Here are our top seven picks for where you should go.
1. West Virginia
Want to find that slice of “almost heaven”? Look no further than West Virginia! Through Ascend West Virginia, you can get up to $12,000 for a no-strings-attached relocation. Over the course of the first year, you’ll receive $10,000, and if you love your new home that much, you’ll receive an additional $2,000 for your second year.
Also included in this deal is a free co-working space if you are working remotely, social programming with people in your new community, opportunities, a year’s worth of outdoor gear rentals, and an “outdoor focused welcome trip” worth over $2,500. This deal to relocate to the Mountain State is an amazing opportunity for outdoor lovers and adventurers.
2. Topeka, Kansas
Love Kansas BBQ and sandwiches? Topeka, Kansas might be the city for you. Through the Choose Topeka program, remote workers can receive up to $10,000 for a home purchase or $5,000 to rent within Shawnee County. If you find a job in Kansas, you can get up to $15,000 for a home or $10,000 to rent, with your employer chipping in as a part of a transfer.
If the money isn’t enough for you, sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is offering an extra $1,000 if you relocate within one of its three delivery zones in Topeka.
3. Tulsa, Oklahoma
In the past few years, Tulsa has become a hot-spot for relocation due to its affordability and job opportunities. And, thanks to the Tulsa Remote program, people with a full-time remote job or who are self-employed outside of the state can get $10,000 in cash in the first year of moving to the city. This deal also includes desk space at a local co-working company to work remotely. If the $10K isn’t enough, Relocate America picked Tulsa as the Most Affordable City in the U.S.
4. Baltimore, Maryland
If you are handy and love fixer-uppers, Baltimore could be perfect. The city’s Vacants to Value Program will give you $10,000 to relocate and revamp one of Baltimore’s abandoned homes, giving you the change to create your new home exactly to your liking.
Not a fan of rehabbing but still love the idea of enjoying crab cakes in the Charm City? The Buying Into Baltimore Program also offers first-time homebuyers $5,000 toward buying anywhere in the city. And, the Live Near Your Work Program, also for first-time homebuyers, a $2,000-$5,000 grant or conditional grant to be used toward down payment and closing assistance.
No special requirements here: Alaska pays all of its residents royalties from its oil and gas industry. This program, The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, was introduced in 1982 and doles out a good chunk of money to residents each year. You just have to be an Alaska resident for a calendar year before you apply. This year, the yearly check is expected to be around $1,000. And as a bonus, Alaska has no income or state-imposed sales taxes, saving you more money to relocate to the Frontier State!
Did you recently graduate from college and find yourself swimming in student loans? Maine might be your next home! The Opportunity Maine Tax Credit reimburse your student loan payments if you live and work in the state. This is available to Americans across the country who earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree after 2015.
If you got a bachelor’s degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field, then your credit may be refundable—meaning you get a check for whatever you can’t apply to your taxes. For non-STEM degrees, tax credits may offset any individual income taxes that you owe to Maine.
7. Savannah, Georgia
If you work in tech and love good weather all year round, relocate to Savannah! If you qualify as an experienced technology worker with no fewer than three years of verifiable experience, you’ll be given up to $2,000 to cover moving expenses, including your rent deposit.
Before you move, you’ll need to explore the real estate in your new home. To discover more about innovations in real estate, stream Tomorrow’s World Today’s “Science Behind Relocation” on SCIGo and Discovery GO.