Relocation Bonus List:
Cities and States That Will Pay You to Move

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers were forced to work remotely. While in isolation, many workers decided it was time for a change of scenery, leaving their previous cities for new ones – generally leaving populated cities for the suburbs or country. When given the option to work from anywhere with an internet connection, they no longer needed to live near their offices. 

Enticing state- and city-sponsored relocation bonuses are further shaking up the traditional workforce landscape. 

States across America offer attractive incentive packages and bonuses to attract individuals with remote jobs to move to their area.  

Northwest Arkansas is offering $10,000 and a mountain bike to eligible applicants.  

Meanwhile, Topeka, Kansas, is putting up an $11,000 incentive package for anyone buying a home.   

Cash incentives, homebuying allowances, and move-in packages are some of the perks offered to remote workers willing to take the leap and move to these destinations.   

State

City

Incentive Package Value   

Incentive Type   

Additional Perks 

Incentive Criteria   

Alabama

 (Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia) 

$10,000

Cash

  • Minimum Annual Income of $52,000 
  • Able to Move to the Shoals Within 6 Months 
  • Full-Time Remote Employment or Self-Employed Outside Colbert and Lauderdale Counties 
  • 18+ and Eligible to Work in the United States 

Alaska

Juneau   

$3,000 

Cash

  • Be a resident of Alaska  
  • Receive $1,000 per year 

Arkansas

Northwest 
Arkansas 
(Benton and Washington Counties)
  
 

$10,000

Cash

Gift – Mountain Bike or annual membership to arts and cultural institutions 

  •  At least 24 years old 
  •  Have at least two years of work experience 
  •  Have full-time employment (which includes self-employment) 
  •  Currently resides outside of the state of Arkansas  
  •  Can relocate to Northwest Arkansas within six months of acceptance 
  •  U.S. citizen or has the necessary credentials required to work legally in the U.S. 

Georgia   

Savannah 
(Chatham
County)  
 

$2,000 

Relocation
Reimbursement  

  • At least 3 years of technology experience  
  • Relocate for a minimum of 2 years 
  • Have full-time employment (which includes self-employment) for a technology firm or new hire of a technology company located in region 
  • Relocate to Chatham County with a minimum one-year lease or purchase of property and must have resided in Chatham County a minimum of 30 days 

Georgia   

Savannah 
(Chatham
County)  
 

$2,000 

Relocation
Reimbursement  

  • At least 3 years of technology experience  
  • Relocate for a minimum of 2 years 
  • Have full-time employment (which includes self-employment) for a technology firm or new hire of a technology company located in region 
  • Relocate to Chatham County with a minimum one-year lease or purchase of property and must have resided in Chatham County a minimum of 30 days 

Hawaii   

Honolulu   

Relocation
Reimbursement  

Free roundtrip ticket to Hawaii  

Facilitated accommodation 

  • 18+ and Eligible to Work in the United States 
  • Must stay 30 consecutive days on Oahu 
  • Have full-time remote employment (includes self-employment) 
  • Commitment to program requirements 

Indiana   

Various Benefits and Incentives

Lifetime Mill Membership 

Priority Banking Services 

Community-building events 

  • 18+ and Eligible to Work in the United States 
  • Currently reside outside of Indiana 
  • Have full-time remote employment (or self-employment) for a business located outside of Monroe County 
  • Can relocate to Bloomington within six months of acceptance 

Indiana   

Southern Indiana
(Orange County) 

$5,000

Cash

  • Younger than 45 years  
  • Must currently reside outside of Indiana 
  • Must be a military veteran 
  • Relocate for a minimum of 2 years 

Indiana   

Southern Indiana
(Orange County) 

$5,000

Cash

  • Between 25-45 years old 
  • Applicant’s annual income must be between $30,000 and $50,000 
  • Relocate for a minimum of 2 years 
  • Must be a remote worker 

Indiana   

$5,000

Cash

  • Must have full-time remote employment 
  • Must relocate to West Lafayette from outside of Indiana 

Iowa 

$15,000

Housing Incentive 

  • The property must be within Bloomfield city limits 
  • The home must be completed within 12 months of incentive application approval 
  • Four inspections must be made by the designated City inspector 
  • Additional Requirements 

Iowa 

Britt   

$10,000

Free Lot 

  • 18+ years old 
  • House construction must be finished within 12 months of approval of the application  
  • Lot must be used for residential purposes only  
  • Additional Requirements 

Iowa 

Osceola   

Free Lot 

  • Applicants are not tied down to a specific development area or contracted builders 
  • Qualified candidates can build on virtually any parcel of land, anywhere within the city, if it meets certain requirements 
  • Additional Requirements 

Iowa 

Manilla   

$3,000   

Free Lot 

  •  Additional Requirements 

Iowa   

Newton   

$12,500   

Housing Cash 
Incentive 

Get to Know Newton Welcome Package 

  • Offer for the construction of a single-family home in the City of Newton 
  • For homes valued at $180,000 or more, a $10,000 cash incentive 
  • For homes valued between $100,000 and $179,999.99; a $5,000 cash incentive 
  • The value of the improvements (exclusive of land value) must be evidenced by an appraisal or assessment. 
  • Additional Requirements 

Kansas 

Lincoln    

Free Lot 

  • Must provide lender’s pre-approval letter as proof of financial means 
  • Must provide floor plans for the proposed house  
  • Additional Requirements 

Kansas 

Mankato   

Free Lot 

  • Applicant must be pre-approved for new home construction by a lending institution and be interviewed by the city council 
  • Applicant will have a written agreement with a contractor to begin to build a house within six months of acquiring the lot 
  • Construction must be finished within 2 years of receiving the lot   
  • Additional Requirements 

Kansas 

Free Lot 

  •  Additional Requirements 

Kansas 

Free Lot 

  •  Must sign with a contractor within 6 months of application approval 
  • Construction must be completed within 12 months of application approval 
  • Complete occupancy within 24 months 
  • Additional Requirements  

Kansas 

Topeka  

$10,000

Housing
Incentive

$1,000 Jimmy John Bonus 

  • Up to $5K in funds for renting in the first year, up to $10K in funds for home purchase 
  • Available to those working for employers outside of Shawnee County in a full-time remote capacity 

Kansas 

Wilson   

Free Lot

  • Home must be built to residential design standards  
  • No lot shall be used except for new construction, residential purposes 
  • No building shall exceed two- and one-half stories in height 
  • Additional Requirements  

Maine  

Augusta    

$15,600

Tax Credit
 Reimbursement  

Maryland

Baltimore   

$5,000

Housing
Incentive

  • Must live in this home as your primary residence 
  • Must contribute at least $1,000 of your own money to your home purchase 
  • Must earn a homeownership counseling certificate before making an offer on your home 
  • Additional Requirements 

Michigan

Southwest
(Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Berrien Springs, Stevensville)   

$20,000

Housing
Incentive

choice of over $5,000 in additional perks for the first year

  • Up to $15,000 forgivable grant with the purchase of a new home with a cost of at least $200,000 
  • Must purchase a home in zip codes 49022, 49085, 49103, 49127 
  • Must be considered a fulltime Michigan resident (obtain Michigan driver’s license and claim Michigan home as primary residence) 
  • Must prove full-time employment and are working remotely for a company outside of Southwest Michigan 
  • $5,000 forgiven after each year of residency 

Minnesota

Bemidji   

$4,000

Relocation
Reimbursement
 

One year membership to the LaunchPad co-working space (valued at $1,500) 

  •  Must become a full-time resident of the greater Bemidji area on or after November 1, 2020 
  • Must be employed full-time  
  • Must perform the majority of their employment duties remotely from a home office or co-working space in the Bemidji area 
  • Must be relocating from a distance of 60 miles or greater from the Bemidji area 

Minnesota

Free Lot

  • Lots are available for free or for purchase, depending on an applicants’ income qualification 
  • Must complete construction within 18 months of approval 
  • Additional Requirements 

Minnesota

Halstad   

Free Lot

Five-year tax abatement of city taxes 

No connection fee for water, electrical and sewer servic

  • Any person or family with head of household age 19 or over  
  • Must have independent means of financial support  
  • Must be wither a resident or non-resident of Halstad 
  • Additional Requirements 

Minnesota

Tax Rebate 

  • Additional Requirements  

Minnesota

Free Lot

  • Must build a new home within one year after the property is deeded to applicant 
  • Each dwelling shall be used exclusively for private residential purposes 
  • Possibility of reduced assessment depending on income amount 
  • Additional Requirements 

Minnesota

Harmony   

$12,000

Home Construction Rebate 

  • No restrictions or limits on applicant’s age, income level, or residency 
  • Rebate amounts will be based on the final estimated market value of the new home 
  • Rebates must be claimed within 12 months of approval 

Minnesota

Natchez   

$6,100

Relocation Reimbursement  

Reimburse up to $2,500 of relocation expenses  

$300 stipend monthly for a period of one year to offset initial costs of living 

  • Individual must be employed by an employer outside the Natchez region and have the ability to work remotely 
  • Individual must establish primary residence within the City limits of Natchez, MS and purchase a home valued at no less than $150,000 
  • Must relocate for a minimum of one year 
  • 18+ and Eligible to Work in the United States 

Nebraska

Curtis   

$5,000

Free Lot

$1,000 Cash Incentive for families with children 

  • Must construct a single-family home in Curtis (meeting certain specifications) 
  • Must be built within a specified time period 
  • Up to $4,000 Down Payment Assistance for new home construction in Curtis 
  • Additional Requirements 

Nebraska

Free Lot

$1,000 Cash Incentive for families with children 

  • Construction must commence within 1 year  
  • Home must be occupied within 2 years of purchase date 
  • No lot shall be used for any purpose other than residential 
  • Additional Requirements  

New York 

Buffalo   

$2,500

Homestead Program 

  • Requires a completed Application to Purchase City Owned Property 
  • Provide verification of financial ability to meet the budget 
  • Additional Requirements 

Oklahoma    

Tulsa    

$10,000

Cash

A year membership at a local co-working space 

  • Can Move to Tulsa Within the Next 12 Months 
  • Full-Time Remote Employment 
    or are Self-Employed Outside of Oklahoma 
  • 18+ Years Old and Eligible to Work in the United States 

Oregon 

Ontario    

$10,000

Housing
Incentive

  • Must complete construction within 24 months of application approval 
  • Must be built within the city limits of Ontario or annexed into the city 
  • Additional Requirements 

Texas  

La Villa   

$3,000

Free Lot

  • Must have pre-approved financing and an acceptable floor plan 
  • Houses must have a minimum square footage of 1,200 square feet 

Vermont

Cash

West Virginia 

$5,000

Cash

  •  18+ Years Old and must presently reside outside of a 50-mile radius of Charleston, West Virginia 
  • Full-Time Remote Employment 
    or are seeking to fill a high demand job within Charleston’s key industries 

West Virginia 

Morgantown    

$12,000

Cash

A year of free activities and gear rental 

  • 18+ Years Old 
  • Full-Time Remote Employment 
  • Can Relocate to the greater Morgantown area within six months of approval  

This pandemic-induced change to remote work is creating a rise in state-offered relocation bonuses.