Remote working is becoming pervasive across all industries in our economy and as such more workers are looking to take advantage of their digital nomad status. As such, several small towns across the United States have taken notice and have come up with unique ways to persuade these workers to come live and work in their towns.
From tax breaks, property offerings and sometimes even with cash incentives, numerous locations across the country are trying to attract these remote workers. These workers either can’t afford real estate prices in bigger cities, strive to build a close-knit community or other incentives for remote working.
Compiled by data from MakeMyMove, here are the top cities/towns offering a hefty package to try and entice digital nomads to move to their area.
#1 + #2: Morgantown and Lewisburg, West Virginia – applicants who don’t work in West Virginia are able to take advantage of an estimated valued package of $20,000 which includes a cash stipend of $12,000 and other undisclosed gifts and incentives valued at $8,000.
#3: Greater Rochester, New York – applicants who live more than 300 miles from downtown Rochester and can relocate within six months of acceptance can obtain a $10,000 relocation incentive and up to $9,000 in homebuyers’ incentives.
#4: Southwest, Michigan – applicants who work for an employer located outside of Michigan can take advantage of a $10,000 mortgage incentive (must purchase a home above $200,000) and $5,000 if an applicant’s child is enrolled into a local public school
5#: Noblesville, Indiana – applicants can relocate within six months of acceptance and have a home within city limits can take advantage of a $5,000 stipend for relocation as well as access to a co-working space (valued at $3,000), membership to the local golf club (worth $1,400), and a $500 health and wellness stipend.
#6: Montpelier, Vermont – there are no barriers to apply and the estimated packed is worth $15,000 including up to $5,000 per year over two years and up to $7,500 for those who become full-time employees of a business based in Vermont.
#7: Newton, Iowa – once known as the “Washing Machine Capital of the World,” this Midwestern city is now the site of the Iowa Speedway and home to a thriving arts community. Estimated value of incentive: $12,500.
Who qualifies: Individuals who are buying a home in Newton valued at $190,000 or more.
Package: A $10,000 cash incentive and discounts to local shops worth up to $2,500.