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Get Paid to Move to Another State in 2020

Get paid to move to another state and work from home

Working from home always sounded like a dream- and recently it became a reality for many. Before 2020, popular companies like Amazon and Enterprise were already filling work from home positions. Now, since the coronavirus pandemic, it has without a doubt increased the demand and changed the workforce for years to come. Some places are even offering to pay you to move to their state and work remotely!

Who, What, Where?

An outside workspace with a laptop and paper pad

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to incentive programs in many locations- like Vermont and Maine- but luckily there are still plenty of other places left. I know you're anxious to hear about them, so let's get to it!

Northwest Arkansas

Incentive: $10,000 cash and your choice of a street or mountain bicycle or annual membership to one of the cultural arts institutions.

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! With 162 miles of paved trails and 322 miles of world-class mountain biking trails, it's a no brainer to take advantage of this incentive if you're able. The cost of living is low, so that extra cash will go far.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Incentive: $10,000 relocation award along with a $1,000 housing stipend.

Tulsa is currently looking for 250 more remote workers to take advantage of this incentive, and it comes with a free co-working space! This is another place where the cost of living is low so the incentive money will go far. Tulsa is a dynamic city known for a variety of urban districts, exceptional dining, and one of the largest collections of art deco architecture in the nation.

North Platte, Nebraska

Incentive: For local employers, they match signing bonuses for new hires up to $5000.

North Platte and the surrounding area has a healthy and robust job market. Nebraska knows it needs to invest in its local businesses to gain employees and boost the economy, so that's exactly what they're doing. And as the trend goes, this kind of extra cash can stretch far in a city with an exceptionally low cost of living.


Incentive: The Permanent Fund Dividend pays royalties to residents annually through a dividend. In 2018 and 2019, Alaska residents were paid $1,600 each.

Alaska is known for some of the world’s best seafood and unlimited outdoor activities, attracting foodies and outdoorist alike! Alaska needs to build its population to help its economy grow, so they offer a wide range of incentive programs on top of already not having a state tax.

Newton, Iowa

Incentive: Up to $10,000 cash to new homebuyers and throw in a welcome package of over $3,000.

The median cost of a home is 105k, resulting in the cost of living being extremely affordable. Friendly neighborhoods with good education and low crime make this a brilliant place for young families to grow old.

Baltimore, Maryland

Incentive: $5,000 down payment and closing cost assistance, 5-year forgivable loan.

Baltimore knows it needs to invest in their community to improve the crime rates. If you're a future home-buyer this program reduces the amount of money you’ll need up-front to buy your home. It may not be your first choice of places to live, but you can be a part of the change!

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Incentive: The “Geek Move Program” offers computer developers $1,250 in relocation expenses and a $10,000 forgivable mortgage.

If you’re a computer developer, Chattanooga is looking for you! They already have a citywide gig-network that can support being a tech hub, now they just need professional techies to support it! Chattanooga is listed as one of the top 20 cities for young homebuyers, so don't sleep on this opportunity!

Lincoln, Kansas

Incentive: Free land! Lots ranging in size from 12,000 to 35,000 square feet.

Looking to build your dream home? Lincoln, KS may be your spot! On top of the free land, the quality of life, low cost of living, low crime, and good schools make it a prime place to start a family.

If you meet the criteria of any of the incentive programs and still need some persuading, there are other benefits to transitioning to remote work in a new city.

Greener Commute: Save that Time & Money, Honey!

Cars in traffic in a busy city

Did you know that the average commuter spends between $2,000 and $5,000 per year on transportation costs?! Gas is the obvious money saver, but you'll also save on car maintenance costs and increase the lifespan of your car. But transportation costs aren't the only way you'll save money, you'll get to say goodbye to work clothes! You only need a shirt on for zoom calls anyway. So say goodbye to long commutes in rush hour, and say hello to more time and money!

But having a remote job doesn't only give you a chance to save your wallet, it helps you save the world. The lack of commute will help reduce your carbon footprint, but that's not the only thing going greener by working from home. If you're like me and often turned to fast fashion to afford good work clothes, you now have the opportunity to stop supporting that polluted industry. You also will likely be more inclined to make your own lunches instead of going out to that hot lunch spot near your old office, in turn reducing your food and plastic waste. Who knew working from home would be so green?!

Need Help Moving?

Moving boxes stacked in a room

Have you ever heard of moving labor help? You don't need to spend all of your incentive money in one place on full-service movers. Whether you're moving locally or long distance, hiring moving help is a more affordable alternative.

If you want to move but don't want to do the heavy lifting, you can opt for a DIY move. It's as easy as renting a moving truck or POD, then using a moving helper marketplace to compare labor help for local movers who will help professionally load and unload your belongings at each location.

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