Did You Know Some Small Towns Will Pay You To Move There??
Certain smalls towns in the United States are offering to pay people to move to their city. The reason for this is because small towns are experiencing rapid outmigration, this isn’t something new, it’s been going on for at least a century! Government official’s goal is to bring millennials and young people back to the smaller towns, they’re offering free land, tuition stipends, and even cash grants for homebuyers.
States like Nebraska, Minnesota and larger cities like New Haven, Connecticut are finding ways to bring homebuyers into their city to increase the economy.
Here are some incentives if you move to these small towns:
- Free $$$$$$
Who doesn’t like free money?
Like Loup City, Harmony also has just over 1,000 residents. Chris Giesen, the coordinator for the Economic Development Authority, describes how the Home Construction Rebate program came to be. “In 2014, we began to have a discussion in Harmony: How do we attract people to move here? How do we increase variety in housing stock? Most of the homes here are old, and we saw young people turned away. We asked ourselves: What are the barriers?”
A plan was hatched, offering a cash-grant to anyone who constructs a new home in Harmony. “We considered many options and realized that giving away money is preferable to land, because the cash is usually put back into the community—you can buy things like furniture, building materials, and carpeting locally.”
Harmony also kept its red tape to a minimum. “I can help people write the whole application in a few minutes–it’s only one page,” says Giesen. “The only requirement is that we have to have approval before breaking ground. When the exterior is finished, we cut them a check. This program is all about neighbors helping neighbors.”
2. Free Land
Once a bustling agriculture and manufacturing town, Loup City, Nebraska’s population has been in a tailspin since World War II. Just 1,000 residents call the charming city smack-dab in the center of the state home, but if Dawn Skibinski, executive director of Sherman County Economic Development, has anything to with it, that number is going to shoot up.
The plan for growth started nearly five years ago. Loup City wanted to create a buzz, so officials decided to build a small neighborhood near town. They named it the John Subdivision and then did something surprising. “We improved the roads, sewer lines were installed, and we decided to give the lots, free of cost, to anyone who would commit to building a home within a year,” says Skibinski. “This was our way to turn around a town with very little new home building happening.”
3. Free Education
Once a bustling manufacturing center and destination for honeymooners, the mid-size town of Niagara Falls, New York, has fallen on hard times and steadily declining population. The city of about 50,000 on the border of New York State and Canada has come up with a clever plan to draw and maintain younger residents—tuition reimbursements.
The catch? In exchange for $7,000 worth of student-loan repayment over the course of two years, recent college graduates must agree to rent or buy a residence near the town’s depressed Main Street.
Seth Piccirillo, Niagra Falls’ community development director, came up with the plan in 2014 after reading multiple news stories about recent college graduates drowning in student-loan debt. With roughly 10 percent of Niagra Falls residents were moving out of town every decade, Piccirillo’s hometown was dying.