Getting paid to move might sound too good to be true. But there is a growing list of cities, states and even countries angling to do just that.
One of the most buzzed-about relocation incentives is Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program, which began in January 2019.
Joan Goldstein, commissioner for Vermont’s Department of Economic Development, said programs like Remote Worker are designed to expand the workforce in a tight labor market.
“We’ve got low unemployment rates all over the country, and the country is aging,” Goldstein explained. “I think, in general, we need more baby booms so that we could grow the workforce. And I think it just is a reflection of the demographic trends that are facing us.”
Vermont’s initiative algins with a larger shift toward a mobile work culture.
“If you could work anywhere, if you could live anywhere, and still do your job, wouldn’t you want to live in a really nice place?” Goldstein asked. “Even though there’s been a mass exodus to cities, I think people are getting tired of the traffic and the high prices, so rural areas give a nice alternative.”
One of the Vermont program’s added benefits, she said, is how it’s bringing newcomers to communities throughout the state, not just to larger cities like Burlington.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, here are 13 places in the U.S. and around the world that will pay you to move there.