Five Places Around The World That Will Pay You To Live There

Thinking of moving? And also making some extra cash without really doing anything? Well, this might help.

Sometimes the call of a new adventure – or simply a chance at relocating your job to a new place – can be too tempting to resist. But on the other hand, it’s also quite scary. These places will make it easier for you, as you will get some extra cash simply by living there!

Candela, Italy

Not so long ago, the 1990s in fact, the town was home to 8000 residents. Today, that number is closer to 2700. Its maze of cobbled streets are quiet and the rolling hills of pristine forests that surround it echo with silence. Nicola Gatta, the mayor, wants to revive Candela by offering up to €2000 to people who are willing to relocate: €800 for singles, €1200 for couples, €1500 to €1800 for three-member families and €2000 for families of four to five people. To be eligible, you must take up residency in Candela, rent a house and have a job with a salary of at least €7500 per year.

Santiago, Chile

The Chilean government is transforming its capital Santiago into a tech hub by offering entrepreneurs $40,000 to move there and launch their business. The program, called Start-Up Chile, was launched in 2010. It offers two programs, one for startups with female founders and another for startups less than three-years-old. Those who are selected into the program are granted year-long work visas, as well as a complementary co-working space and a network of contacts. Applications for next year open in December.

Sicily, Italy

The small town of Sambuca di Sicilia, about an hour’s drive from Sicily’s capital Palermo, is selling homes for less than the price of an espresso. In 2016, it was named the most beautiful town in Italy but that doesn’t appear to be enough reason to keep residents there. Its population of 6000 is in rapid decline as residents move to bigger cities. Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca’s deputy mayor and tourist councillor, is trying to prevent the town from going under by putting vacant homes on the market for €1. There is a catch, though – new owners must commit to refurbishing their property within three years, at a cost starting from €15,000 (the homes are pretty run down) and will need a €5000 security deposit.

Maine, USA

Maine isn’t really paying people to move. What it’s doing instead is offering a tax relief on student debts. The northeastern state has one of the oldest populations in the US so in order to attract a younger workforce, its providing tax credits to recent graduates who are happy to relocate there. So, if you paid $2000 of your student loan debt that year and owe the state $2500 in tax, you will only have to pay $500 in taxes. To sweeten the deal even further, those who studied in STEM programs could receive money back from the government if they pay more off their loans than their taxes.

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Oklahoma has a population problem but it appears to be a notable issue in Tulsa. Oklahoma’s second city is looking for remote workers to pack up and move there with the Tulsa Remote program. If you apply and make the cut, you’ll receive a payment of $10,000 to get you on your feet. The 2019 scheme is already full but applications are open for 2020.

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