Working remotely comes with a ton of benefits. You can ditch your commute, work from wherever you want, and manage your time on your own schedule. You don’t have to have a boss looking over your shoulder or make awkward chit chat with coworkers at the water cooler.
And thanks to two forward-thinking programs from the state of Vermont and the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, working remotely could also add $10,000 to your bank account! To attract young, tech-savvy workers, Vermont and Tulsa are offering up to $10k to telecommuters who relocate there, along with a host of other sweet benefits.
Interested in states that will pay you to move there? Read on to learn the details of these two awesome programs.
1. Tulsa, Oklahoma offers $10,000, discounted rent, and a coworking space
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As the second largest city in Oklahoma, Tulsa is home to more than 400,000 residents. To attract remote workers, a new program called Tulsa Remote is offering major rewards to anyone who moves there for a year.
You could get:
- A stipend of $500 per month, plus a $1,500 bonus at the end of the year
- $2,500 toward relocation assistance, so you don’t have to pay for your own move
- A new, fully furnished apartment in the Tulsa Arts District with a $300 monthly housing stipend
- Free membership to 36 Degrees North, a coworking space downtown
- Invites to community events designed for remote workers and entrepreneurs
So, what would life be like in Tulsa? It might not have as many restaurants and activities as San Francisco or NYC, but its up-and-coming Blue Dome Entertainment district is filling up with trendy restaurants, boutique stores, and nightlife venues.
For a break from city life, you can head to Tulsa River Parks’ Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, which has 300 acres of dirt trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding with views of the Tulsa skyline. Plus, bikers can enjoy more than 26 miles of paved trails around the city.
All this comes with a cost of living far below the national average. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is just $637. The median cost for a house is only $117,500 (should you decide to make Oklahoma your long-term home). Between the perks of the Tulsa Remote program and the low cost of living, relocating to the Sooner State could be a financially savvy move.
Ready to get paid to move and work in Tulsa? Head to Tulsa Remote to learn more about the application process, which involves an application followed by a video interview. To qualify, you’ll need to have a full-time remote job or be self-employed, as well as be able to move to Tulsa within six months.
1. Vermont offers $10,000 to cover your moving and work expenses
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Ah Vermont, land of rolling farmland, homemade maple syrup, delicious cheese, craft breweries, and Ben & Jerry’s. This picture-perfect state wants to share the love with remote workers, thanks to a new law signed by Governor Phil Scott in May of 2018.
If you work remotely and become a Vermont resident, you could receive up to $10,000 to cover costs. Unlike Tulsa’s get paid to move program, Vermont isn’t giving out this grant in cash, but rather offering it to cover your individual expenses.
These could include the costs of relocation, internet bill, coworking membership, and computer hardware and software. These grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying applicants. Vermont will award 100 of them between 2019 and 2021. Then it will dole out an additional 20 every year after that.
The state is still finalizing the details of this program, but you should be able to apply soon through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website.
Along with help covering your moving and work expenses, you might enjoy the relatively low cost of living in Vermont. The median cost for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,100, and you can buy a home for a median cost of $195,700.
If you love hiking in the Green Mountains, skiing at cozy resorts, sampling the locally grown goods at farmer’s markets, or making maple syrup in your own sugar house, Vermont could be for you. Just make sure you’ve packed your flannel and heated blankets so you can make it through the long, cold winters.
12 other cities and states that pay you to move there
Although Vermont and Tulsa are the only programs so far offering incentives to remote workers, there are other cities and states that pay you to move there. Some give out grants, others offer 0% interest home loans or free land, and yet others will pay back a chunk of your student loans.
If you’re location independent and open to relocating, get paid to move to one of these 12 places:
- Baltimore, Maryland: The Buying Into Baltimore program offers a $5,000 home loan that could be forgiven after five years. Plus, the city’s Vacants to Value program offers $10,000 to home buyers who agree to move into one of its abandoned homes.
- Grant County, Indiana: The Grants for Grads program offers $5,000 toward a down payment or a 20% discount on your monthly rent if you sign a lease for 12 months or more.
- Hamilton, Ohio: This program offers $5,000 to young professionals, particularly to those with a STEAM background, who move to Hamilton to live and work.
- Harmony, Minnesota: Harmony’s Economic Development Authority offers between $5,000 and $12,000 to those building new homes in the area.
- Lincoln, Kansas: Lincoln offers free land lots between 12,000 and 36,000 square feet to those looking to build new homes.
- Niagara Falls, New York: Famous for its giant waterfall, this city will provide up to $7,000 in student loan assistance if you live in designated neighborhoods for at least two years.
- New Haven, Connecticut: By moving to New Haven, you could get a $10,000 interest-free, forgivable loan to put toward closing costs or a down payment. The city also offers $30,000 if you make energy-saving upgrades to your home, as well as free tuition or tuition assistance to students who attend a New Haven public school.
- New Richland, Minnesota: This town offers free land to people who build a home within one year of receiving the deed.
- North Platte, Nebraska: Move to North Platte and the city will match any signing bonus you get from your employer up to $5,000.
- Rural Opportunity Zones in Kansas: If you move to one of Kansas’s 77 designated areas, you could get state income tax waivers for up to five years and student loan repayment assistance of up to $15,000.
- St. Clair County, Michigan: Get help paying off your student loans by moving to St. Clair, Michigan. The Come Home Award offers up to $15,000 to STEAM graduates.
- Alaska: Thanks to its huge reserves of black gold, Alaska has been sharing its oil revenue with residents each year since 1976. If you become a resident, you can expect an average of $1,250 each year in the form of an Alaska Resource Rebate from its Permanent Fund Reserve.
Find the balance between cost of living and culture
When it comes to choosing where to live, there are lots of factors that go into this important decision. These include culture, activities, restaurants and cafes, climate, proximity to friends and family, politics, and an urban or rural environment.
But don’t forget to take cost of living into account, as this can vary widely from place to place. The median rent for a one-bedroom in San Francisco, for instance, is $2,471, nearly four times higher than the median of $637 for a one-bedroom in Tulsa.
And cities such as the ones on this list offer extra financial incentives for moving there, which could be a godsend if you’re looking to pay off student loans or save up for a down payment on a house. As a remote worker, the world is your oyster when it comes to picking where to live.
Think about what’s important to you in a place you call home, and go for it! And if you’re gearing up for a big move, check out this guide for 13 moving tips that will make the big day as painless as possible.