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6 places it pays to move to

Some communities will make it worth your while to relocate by paying toward your student loans or covering other expenses.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 3, 2013 7:30PM

This post comes from Jennifer Holder at partner blog Wise Bread.


Wise Bread logoAcross the country, a lot of cities (and states) want you to move there for one reason or another. Some are looking for a way to revitalize formerly thriving communities or neighborhoods. Some want you to move closer to downtown (if you're already working there). And some communities are just really, really small and want new blood (don't worry, Bon Temps is not on this list).


Image: Niagara Falls © Martin Ruegner/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesCheck out the list below, and maybe you'll find a new place to live and earn some extra money, too.


1. Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Maybe you saw the headlines: Niagara Falls wants to help pay off your student loan debt. The city is looking for some fresh blood to move to town and take advantage of all it has to offer. Leaders there want you so badly that they're willing to pay you $3,500 per year for up to two years (if you've graduated in the past two years), with all money to be used toward paying off student loan debt. Check out the program, and if you think you stand a chance, apply!


2. Rural Kansas

Most of rural Kansas offers former students a program similar to Niagara Falls' student loan debt program. To be eligible, you must live in a Rural Opportunity Zone (there are about 50 counties to choose from). You could receive up to $15,000 in student loan payments. new residents can also receive tax waivers.


3. Milnor, N.D.

My research turned up some weird results. For instance, Milnor, N.D., a town of 700, wants a few more people to add to the welcome sign. This town offers some interesting deals: $500 toward the cost of installing sewer and water lines; free minimum on water, garbage, sewer and vector control for two years; an individual or family swimming pool pass and golf membership; and a school activities pass for one year.

4. Detroit

Detroit is the poster child for the decline of U.S. manufacturing, but it has some positives. After all, it's where the auto industry thrives still. The Detroit Tigers were just in the World Series (although they lost rather quickly). A ton of amazing musicians are either from there or got their start there. And the incentives to move there are pretty great, too.


If you work in Southeast Michigan for one of five companies, the city wants to offer you some incentives for either renting or owning downtown -- with perks from forgivable mortgages to funding for the first and second year's rent. There is a similar program for three companies in midtown.


5. Alaska

So it's a state, not a city, but you can move pretty much anywhere in Alaska and get paid by the government. However, you have to wait a year in Alaska to get the first check. This particular program is called the Permanent Fund dividend. To be eligible for the PFD, you must be a resident of Alaska for a full calendar year and intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely, along with a few other conditions. I'm sure some of you are hesitant because Alaska is so darn far away, but I'll tell you, I've been there, and it's a lovely state filled with lovely people. I almost moved there myself.


6. Chattanooga, Tenn.

Last but not least, Chattanooga is offering computer aces the chance to relocate to the city, known for its outdoor activities and, of course, the iconic song by the Glenn Miller band. The initiative, called the Geek Move, is targeted at developers and system administrators and offers a $10,000 forgivable second mortgage and $1,250 for relocation expenses. There is a similar program for police officers to move into certain areas, called the Police Fund. 


These are just some of the great places to live throughout the country. What does your town offer?


More from Wise Bread and MSN Money:

Jan 6, 2013 2:31PM
Moving to any place you first have to have a job that will pay you enough to live there.   You will find there are good reasons these places are willing to pay you to move there.   Detroit?  You would have to be either a nut case or a drug dealer.   Minot?   Half polar bear is a good idea.   Kansas?   Sorry flat is not that appealing.  
Jan 4, 2013 8:01PM
Just like COLORADO, alaska wont be a nice place for long if they convince a million pieces of **** to move there. Believe me Ive seen it first hand, colorado was beautiful when I was a kid, but now the sky is ****ing brown and all the trees in the mountains are dieing and we dont get rain or snow anymore and even in the mountains the air smells like you were breathing it directly out of someones god damned exhaust pipe because even as far into the mountains as you can go there is still a house every 20 feet. Its disgusting and people need to die.
Jan 4, 2013 6:58PM
I live in Midtown Detroit and have lived here for about 6 years before they started the Live Midtown program, which has been a huge success. This area is a very safe area, and those who have moved here know this. It is part of the reason so many people have taken advantage of the program, and its part of the reason so many businesses have recently opened up in the area including the Whole Foods currently under construction.

Yes the homicide rate in Detroit hit a 20 year high, but this was in neighborhoods far from the core Downtown and Midtown area.  When you travel outside of this area, there is a night and day difference.  I have long held the stance that the key to revitalizing this city we need to focus on these core areas and spread from there, which has already started happening. As rents increased in Midtown for businesses, people have looked elsewhere and started opening new businesses in Corktown, Corktown Shores, and West Village.

And so everyone knows, in the 7-8 years I have lived here, I have had absolutely no issues.
Jan 4, 2013 6:58PM
My town is Metropolis, IL.  What does it offer?  High unemployment, proximity to two nuclear-related plants that poison the ground water, high levels of cancer, and some of the highest taxes in the country (property tax is 2% of home's value each year).
This town is run by corrupt officials (reaping 20 years of big taxes from the casino boat andnothing--NOTHING--to show for it).  They buy up houses at exorbitant prices for pie-in-the-sky projects (water park, golf course, etc.) that never happen.  They paid big bucks to put down curbs on city streets and then decided it was better when cars could park halfway in ditches, so they paid big bucks to tear up the aforementioned NEW curbs.  One HALF of my property taxes that the city confiscates goes to pay city employees' pensions!!!  Outrageous.
Superman was heard to say, "Yeah, I'm Superman, but this crap is ridiculous.  I'm going back to Smallville."
Jan 4, 2013 6:23PM

Word to say but the action is not displayed. I mean that you say you want to pay me, but you don’t pay me. That is completely bogus in this article. I don’t believe it is going happen. 

Jan 4, 2013 5:18PM
I live in Fla, near Disney and everyone thinks that Disney is the perfect job - NOT.!  I'd moved just about anywhere.  There are no jobs here.  And most everyone is over 60 years old.  I've lived in different states growing up (military brat) and the North east is nicer than here. 
Jan 4, 2013 4:45PM
I don't need an incentive to move out of my work here unless you know somebody. HELLOOOOOO KANSAS!  Sorry, I can't support the Chiefs...Die hard Steeler fan!
Jan 4, 2013 4:39PM

come on people if you are a true american buy american cars and put americans to work, stop

letting the foreign interests influence your car buying. I have been buying american cars since I

started driving almost fifty years ago and have owned 28 cars and 26 of them were american.

They have not all been new cars all but one of the new cars purchased were american. I must

say the Datsun I owned back in 1969 was a piece of Shiiite. If american would buy more

americans Detroit would most likely have a lot less crime as the people would have a job and

a future and not disparity and little hope.

Jan 4, 2013 3:56PM
The ONLY safe place in DETROIT is the DOWNTOWN area,  The problem is that you have to travel through the rest of the City to get THERE.  Some make it, some DON'T!!!!!!!!!!! 
Jan 4, 2013 3:54PM
When I left Anchorage Alaksa in 1992 the PFD was around 1,150.00 per person. So if you were a family of 4 that would be 4,600.00 Just for living there, and there is no sales tax there either. I am actually moving back this year.
Jan 4, 2013 3:54PM
Would rather take a sharp stick in the eye and a bad case of head lice than move to Detroit.  That is probably the most dangerous city to live ( or die ) in.  
Jan 4, 2013 3:38PM
You couldn't pay me enough to move to Detroit!!
Jan 4, 2013 3:38PM
1) Be generious and stay out of debt.  2) Don't loan money to friends (if you want to keep them), give it to them! 3) Do not criticise people who are hurting or less fortunate, compassion and love is the answer. 4) Realize, no one is perfect, not even you! 5) Which is most important, Love the Lord with all your Body (flesh), Soul (mind, will, emotions, imagination) & Spirit which worships God! 6) Protect God's chosen and anointed Shepard's!
Jan 4, 2013 3:29PM
Detroit is too dark for me, ND has too many wild drunk indians, Chattanooga is too southern, but the moonshine is good. Alaska is too cold and I don't want to see Russia from my house, and Kansas is just too open, I need to see trees. N Falls, that's easy NY just sucks
Jan 4, 2013 3:04PM
N Falls - Never been, can't say.  Haven't read/heard good things over the years though.

Chattanooga - Never been, but have lived in the South.  They move too slowly for me down there.

Milnor ND - I grew up in a town half that size - good for kids. But the winters are pretty harsh, no?

Detroit - Never. Not even if the Fountain of Youth is discovered there.

Alaska - I like cold and snow for a month or two, that's enough for me and the Permanent Fund is only like what, $1,000 average? Big deal.  Add another zero on the end and call me.

Kansas - I could be packed and out of here in 24 hours (not kidding) if I could afford a farm out there.  I hate the city.

Jan 4, 2013 3:01PM
Golf membership in Milnor, N.D.  Isn't summer there like 2 months of bad ice fishing?
Jan 4, 2013 2:59PM
Even if any of the places listed seem exciting, you gotta be rich to get there to claim the "reward" as most working people are just managing from one check to the next. I would actually think a bit about anyplace that would pay up front to go there if employment could be assured or if I were to be ready to retire
Jan 4, 2013 2:45PM
I rather get eaten by the polar bears then live in any of these choices
Jan 4, 2013 2:13PM




....born and raised in michigan....moved to new mexico 8 yrs ago.  Detroit is the last place i would move to.....nothing is going to bring that town back, nothing......

Jan 4, 2013 12:54PM
you guys are funny, keep up the humor and the up beat thinking even under trying times, life is so short, God Bless
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