In the face of declining or slowing population growth, some cities have decided to get aggressive about their survival. Some are giving away free land, while others are literally handing out stacks of cash to folks who agree to move their metropolitan area.
In order to reverse falling population trends, fill empty homes and jobs and boost the local economies there are some places on the planet where the local government will actually pay you or offer other incentives to get you to relocate there. We take a look at where you could receive more than just a warm welcome.
Here Are 10 Places That Will Pay You To Live There
Start-Up Chile offers a range of programs to encourage people to settle and start businesses in the South American country. For example, you can get free funding, a one-year working visa, and training or mentorship.
9. Baltimore, Maryland
To get rid of eyesores in its neighborhoods, the historic port city of Baltimore will pay you US$10,000 to buy a vacant lot and develop it. The city also offers other incentives, such as loans for home upgrades and rehab of historic properties.
8. New Haven, Connecticut
The coastal city of New Haven, Connecticut is probably most famous as the home of Yale University. To encourage people to buy homes here, the Re: New Haven Initiative will lend you up to US$10,000, interest-free, to use as a down-payment. The city also offers free tuition at an in-state college for kids who graduate from a public school here.
7. Marne, Iowa
Located in southwestern Iowa, tiny Marne has a population of about 120, making it a great place to get away from it all. The local town council gives away free lots on which you can build a home and if you have one of these jobs for introverts, you’ll be able to work in peace.
6. Curtis, Nebraska
Located in southern Nebraska, Curtis has a population of just under 1,000 and is home to the Nebraska College of Technical Architecture. If you build a single family home here, you can get the lot for free if you complete the construction within a specific time period.
5. Albinen, Switzerland
The village of Albinen in the southern part of Switzerland has a population of about 250. According to Swiss Info, you can get paid 25,000 Swiss francs per adult or 10,000 Swiss francs per child to move here.
The catch is that you have to be younger than 45, willing to invest at least 200,000 Swiss francs in property and live there for at least 10 year
4. Harmony, Minnesota
The city council of Harmony offers cash rebates ranging from US$5,000 to US$12,000 if you build a new home there. Harmony is located in southern Minnesota and is home to just over 1,000 people, including a sizable Amish community.
3. Pipestone, Manitoba
In order to encourage economic growth, the Rural Municipality of Pipestone in southwestern Manitoba will pay you a grant of up to $32,000 to start a business. You can also get a grant to help you build or buy a home and if you pay a deposit of $1,000, you can buy a lot for only $10.
If you’ve graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and you live in Saskatchewan, you can qualify for a tuition rebate of up to $20,000 under the province’s Graduate Retention Program.
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1. Candela, Italy
Candela is a small medieval town in southeast Italy, with a population of around 2,700 people. According to a report by CNN, the town will pay from 800 euro for single people to 2,000 euro for families to bring younger people back into the community. The catch is that you’ll need to have a job.