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MARKET UPDATE: Get Paid to Move Out of State!

There are so many families that are considering moving this year, but are stuck at wanting to stay in California vs. getting out of this state.

In some cases, these families want a better life, which can mean a slower pace or less expenses. Some folks want a better education system for their kids, or more space and less traffic/congestion. Boomers continue to look for warmer climates that are in line with their political point of view or are closer to family/grandchildren.

Anyone who has lived in this state for a while may realize that for the most part, the weather here is fantastic! On most weekends, you can choose to drive north and go skiing or drive south and hit the warm beach. Bacially, if you don’t like the weather, just drive two or three hours and you can enjoy a completely different temperature.

Outside of that, there are increasing complaints about our great state. And that is unfortunate.  

What if you could get paid to move?

I found some interesting articles recently where some states are more than happy to increase their population through incentives. Whether it’s a direct payment or tax refunds, the incentives are strong enough that families are choosing to give it a go.

Here are some of the cities that you may want to consider:

Tulsa, Okla.

When it launched in 2018, Tulsa Remote became the first program of its kind by offering remote workers and entrepreneurs $10,000 to move to the south-central city for a year.

Noblesville and Evansville, Ind.

Hopeful Hoosiers have plenty to choose from for their new home. A package valued at $15,000 in Noblesville, a suburb of Indianapolis, includes a $5,000 relocation grant, a season of free golf at two courses, and coffee with the mayor. In Evansville, meanwhile, qualified applicants can take advantage of a $7,200 incentive that includes $5,000 in cash, museum passes and a one-year membership to the oldest urban old-growth forest in the nation.

Topeka, Kan.

Choose Topeka began in 2019, offering applicants up to $15,000 in incentives via employer match funding. Since then, more than 6,000 people have applied, with nearly 150 lucky newcomers chosen to move to the Sunflower State.

West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, Ohio and Iowa are some of the states that also have programs available. Many of these incentive programs have minimum residency requirements (must live there for a year) – which could be a place to start.

Want to find a place to move and need some guidance? These cities also will pay you up to $15,000 to move there.

In our current environment, I have found that everyone has their own pain point, and once it’s reached, having a couple of options available may feel better than feeling “stuck.”

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